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Freedom of Information Act Exemptions

May 12, 2017

The Freedom of Information Act provides for the following exemptions to release of information being requested by the public:

  1. Information properly classified as secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy pursuant to Executive Order 12958;

  2. Records related solely to internal personnel rules and practices;

  3. Information specifically exempted from release by other statutes;

  4. Trade secrets or privileged or confidential commercial or financial information;

  5. Inter-agency or intra-agency communications that are protected by legal privileges;

  6. Personnel, medical, or similar files the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;

  7. Records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, the release of which

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

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

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

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

    • E. would disclose techniques, procedures, or guidelines for investigations or prosecutions, or

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

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

  9. Geological and geophysical information concerning gas or oil wells.

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