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April 10, 2009

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Barry

"The court may issue the protective order if it determines
that the requestor has sought records under this chapter for an
improper purpose, which includes, but is not limited to, the
harassment of a public agency or its employees."

The only example they give is so obvious that an agency could probably already get away with witholding documents in such a case if there's evidence. The purpose of FOIA obviously isn't to facilitate harassment. I'd like to know what other excuses could be upheld and why this is being proposed.

jessicaconnorth

Thanks for that post, I like reading you.
For online public records, one relevant URL: http://www.replacementbirhcertificate.org

Chad Melius

"I'd like to know what other excuses could be upheld ..."

I can think of at least one other very good reason why there should be a protective order restricting freedom of information -- to protect an individual from having his private health or financial records made public.

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