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Out of state records requesters face unclear guidelines in New Jersey

Out of state records requesters face unclear guidelines in New Jersey

While most states have clear guidelines over whether out of state requests can be rejected, others aren’t so clear - in New Jersey, the Open Public Records Act and governing entities often have contrasting views.

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How are police departments using license plate reader technology? Your feedback is helping us find out

How are police departments using license plate reader technology? Your feedback is helping us find out

Over 100 additional requests related to police departments’ use of automated license plate recognition technology have been submitted to government agencies identified by MuckRock readers as needing further scrutiny.

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Upcoming Supreme Court case could hand broadened FOIA censorship powers to corporations

Upcoming Supreme Court case could hand broadened FOIA censorship powers to corporations

Does your right to know which companies are receiving your tax dollars outweigh those companies’ rights to competitive secrets? That’s the question at stake in an upcoming Supreme Court case set to be heard in April, and the result could either cement the public’s right to know or severely restrict the ability to track the flow of tax dollars into private companies.

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New York court rules NYPD can’t use Glomar to keep surveillance records secret

New York court rules NYPD can’t use Glomar to keep surveillance records secret

Secretive federal agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are notorious for refusing to confirm or deny the existence of their records. The issue becomes trickier when local law enforcement agencies, tasked with serving their communities, reply to public records requests in similar fashion. The New York Police Department has used the infamous “Glomar response” in the past to keep records secret, but this week a New York court ruled that the NYPD can’t use it this time.

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The Secret Scandals of the Trump Administration Project enters the new year

The Secret Scandals of the Trump Administration Project enters the new year

A little more than a month after MuckRock launched The Secret Scandals of the Trump Administration project, we’ve submitted dozens of FOIA requests, and received a handful of excellent tips from our readers. A number of these tips have been especially helpful: we’ve even heard from former government employees with first-hand knowledge of potential scandals in some government agencies.

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