Hearst v. State, 2009 WL 1037730 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Apr. 16, 2009)

Key Insight: Where government entities were not required to prepare any record not already possessed or maintained by such an entity in response to a FOIL request and where state agency argued a response to petitioner?s request would require such preparation to protect government employee?s social security numbers, court agreed with agency and denied petitioners? requests as stated but ordered production of data extracted using petitioners? suggested method, despite acknowledgement of inferiority of resulting information, where such extraction would substantially accomplish petitioners? objectives but maintain state employees? privacy protection

Nature of Case: FOIL request

Electronic Data Involved: ESI, metadata, databases

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