FOIA Advisor

Court opinions issued Mar. 17, 2016

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Salmonson v. Internal Revenue Serv. Dep't of Treasury (M.D. Fla.) -- dismissing plaintiff's claim after determining that plaintiff failed to administratively appeal the agency's FOIA response; further ruling that plaintiff was not entitled to paper copies of records because he had previously accept a CD.   

Shapiro v. Cent. Intelligence Agency (D.D.C.) -- finding that plaintiff's request to the CIA concerning Nelson Mandela might have been unreasonably burdensome, but agency failed to provide the court with evidence of burden; further finding that National Security Agency's Glomar response was proper with respect to any requested information concerning Nelson Mandela as an intelligence target, but that agency was required to search for all other records that plaintiff sought.  

Electronic Frontier Foundation v. Nat'l Sec. Agency (N.D. Cal.) -- ruling that the NSA properly invoked Exemption 1, 3, and 5 (deliberative process privilege) to withhold a document pertaining to protocols and principles used by the government in deciding whether and when to disclose computer security flaws. 

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.