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Federal data to be released unless harm foreseen


Federal data to be released unless harm foreseen

The Obama administration advised federal agencies Thursday to release their records and information to the public unless foreseeable harm would result...

An attorney in several pending lawsuits, David Sobel, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocate, was pleased by Holder's decision to review some existing cases and said it should open more records to public view.

"Both the president and the Attorney General have now articulated an extremely pro-disclosure policy for the federal government, and that is a very positive development," Sobel said. "If there is really a new presumption in favor of disclosure, one would expect to see the outright reversal of many Bush-era decisions to withhold information."

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Associated Press

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