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FOIA News: VIDEO - "The FBI Won't Accept Your Emailed FOIA Anymore"

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The FBI Won't Accept Your Emailed FOIA Anymore

Paul Detrick, Reason, Mar. 1, 2017

Hey millennial FOIA nuts: Time to familiarize yourselves with the concept of a paper jam.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has stopped accepting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by email. The agency wants requesters to use fax, standard mail, or the agency's online portal, FBI eFOIPA.

The goal seems to be "creating a lot of extra burden," says Adam Marshall, an attorney with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. "Everyone is used to emails. It creates a permanent record. It has a time-stamp on it. Everyone knows how to use it."

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