An autopsy of a Freedom of Information request

New York State's Freedom of Information Law [FOIL] is based on the concept that all government records and document should be available to the public except where such disclosure is prohibited by law. Education Law, §1127 – [Confidentiality of records] and §33.13, Mental Hygiene Law [Clinical records; confidentiality] are examples of such statutory prohibitions prohibiting disclosure. Indeed, there is no bar to providing information pursuant to a FOIL request, or otherwise, that could be denied pursuant to one or more of the exceptions set out in FOIL that the custodian could rely upon in denying a FOIL request, in whole or in part…..

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