FOIA Exemption May Be Fixed

Oder, Norman
April 2003
Library Journal;4/15/2003, Vol. 128 Issue 7, p18
Trade Publication
Reports that Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and four others introduced the Restore Freedom of Information Act (Restore FOIA), which they say would protect Americans' 'right to know' while simultaneously contributing to the security of the nation's infrastructure. Explanation that the bill would replace the broad FOIA exemption for 'critical infrastructure information' included in the charter for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Concerns that the law allows companies to hide information about public health and safety by voluntarily submitting it to the DHS; Summary of how the bill would limit the FOIA exemption to records relevant to critical infrastructure safety and not limit the use of information by the government.


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