New Rule Would Hamstring FOIA Requests: EPIC, ACLU

Law360, New York (October 24, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT) -- Privacy and civil liberties groups have slammed proposed changes to the U.S. Department of Justice's Freedom of Information Act rules, saying in comments made public Monday that they would allow the agency to lie about the existence of records if it feared disclosure would harm national security or criminal prosecutions.

The regulation, proposed in March, was intended to “update and streamline” the way the agency handles record requests, as well as to update its procedures to comply with the OPEN Government Act of 2007, according to...
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