Coalition News

Key settlement in FAC case breaks new ground in public access to officials’ emails

July 24, 2012—The First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce a landmark settlement in a case involving public access to government email messages. The agreement with the city of Auburn, California requires the city to save emails for at least two years–replacing a prior policy of deleting most emails after 30 days. The agreement, approved by the city today, also assures public access to emails about government business even when officials send or receive them

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Federal Judge declines US request to freeze FAC’s FOIA suit for targeted killing memo

The US Justice Department has failed in its effort to derail the First Amendment Coalition’s FOIA suit for access to a government legal memo on the lethal targeting of US citizens engaged in terrorism against US interests. US District Judge Claudia Wilken on Tuesday denied the Justice Department’s request to stay proceedings in the FAC suit until the conclusion of FOIA cases brought by the New York Times and the ACLU in federal court in

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Cartoon critiques FAC’s email access case against Auburn City Council

Auburn Journal cartoonist Andy Lukkonen suggests that shady business is immune to sunshine in this critique of FAC’s case to gain access to emails discussing public business sent via public officials’ personal email accounts. We’ll concede he makes a good point, which is, of course, why FAC fights on.  Read more about the case here.

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FAC sues Auburn for council members’ business emails sent from private email accounts. Suit also challenges email deletion policy.

FAC–A new suit filed by the First Amendment Coalition claims that city officials’ emails about government business are public records even though they were sent or received on the officials’ personal email accounts. The suit, against the city of Auburn and Auburn’s City Council, also challenges the city’s policy–similar to that of many California cities and counties– of deleting most government emails shortly after they are received, regardless of their status under the Public Records

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FAC, EFF and Wired win unsealing of documents in hip-hop website seizure case

BY DEBORAH FRUIN–A federal district court in Los Angeles has unsealed records related to a government shutdown of a music blog/website, Dajaz1.com, for suspicion of copyright piracy. The unsealing had been requested by FAC, Wired, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Using a forfeiture authority usually invoked to seize cars and houses in drug cases, federal authorities had seized the hip hop website, then avoided a hearing in the matter and refused to give an explanation

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