Metadata Is Not A Public Record: Ariz. Court

Law360, New York (January 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a suit brought by a Phoenix police officer seeking access to records related to his employment, a divided Arizona appeals court has ruled that hidden computer data generated in creating documents, or metadata, does not constitute a public record.

In an opinion issued Tuesday by the Court of Appeals for the State of Arizona, a majority of the judges sided with a lower court in ruling that the Phoenix police department was not obligated to turn over metadata generated in a police supervisor’s production of...
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