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FOIA News: SCOTUS hears Exemption 4 case

FOIA News (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Supreme Court leans toward restricting access to business data

Justices heard arguments on Monday in the case, which pits business groups against news organizations and open-government advocates.

By Josh Gerstein, Politico, Apr. 22, 2019

The Supreme Court appears headed for a ruling that could dramatically restrict access to federal government records with details about private businesses.

Justices heard arguments on Monday in the case, which pits business groups against news organizations and open-government advocates.

The Trump administration has allied itself with the business groups seeking to overturn an appeals court precedent that has allowed the release of business-provided data for nearly half a century. Media outlets and transparency advocates have pushed back against the effort, warning that reining in access to such information could eliminate public scrutiny of an untold number of federal databases and other records about highly regulated, potentially dangerous industries.

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