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FAC part of coalition bringing bar records case to California Supreme Court

The First Amendment Coalition is among 13 media organizations asking the California Supreme Court to reverse an appellate court decision blocking journalists and researchers from data under the California Public Records Act (CPRA). Researchers at UCLA were refused requests for demographic information about bar examination applicants to protect the privacy of the test takers. The researchers then proposed ways to make the data anonymous to hide identities, but the appeals court said that would require creating a new record, not required under the CPRA. (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, November 5, 2018, by Evan Popp)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus letter supporting the appeal to the California Supreme Court arguing that a superior court erred in placing the burden on the petitioners to show the data could be anonymous whereas CPRA places responsibility on the government to show it is not possible to release data and protect privacy. EFF says the court should lead in showing how agencies could release sensitive data reject the “new record” ruling. (EFF, November 2, 2018, by Camille Fischer)

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