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Freedom of Information Act Exemptions

The Freedom of Information Act entitles the following exemptions on documents being requested by the public:

  1. Those documents properly classified as secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy;

  2. Related solely to internal personnel rules and practices;

  3. Specifically exempted by other statutes;

  4. A trade secret or privileged or confidential commercial or financial information obtained from a person;

  5. A privileged inter-agency or intra-agency memorandum or letter;

  6. A personnel, medical, or similar file the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;

  7. Compiled for law enforcement purposes, the release of which

    1. could reasonably be expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings,

    2. would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication,

    3. could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,

    4. could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source,

    5. would disclose techniques, procedures, or guidelines for investigations or prosecutions, or

    6. could reasonably be expected to endanger an individual's life or physical safety;

  8. Contained in or related to examination, operating, or condition reports about financial institutions that the SEC regulates or supervises; or

  9. And those documents containing exempt information about gas or oil wells.


Modified: 12/01/1999