NYPD Promises to Finally Follow Freedom of Information Law

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June 30, 2017 3:31 PM

The New York Police Department has entered into a stipulation and judicial order that commits the NYPD to complying with requirements of New York’s Freedom of Information Law that it has systematically flouted for more than a decade.

Since 2006, state FOIL law has required government agencies to “accept requests for records submitted in the form of electronic mail and shall respond to such requests by electronic mail,” if requested to do so, to provide responsive records when it’s reasonably able, and to publish on their websites an email address to which records requests can be sent. For more than a decade, the New York Police Department has operated in violation of each of these provisions of state law. But in settling a lawsuit brought by Keegan Stephan, a law student and activist, the NYPD has committed itself to finally bringing itself into compliance. Continue...