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December 14, 2015

Feds Get 30 Days to Back Up FOIA Argument
By Kevin Lessmiller

Government agencies conducted an adequate search for two records requests but they did not prove releasing metadata and database schema would be a security risk, a federal judge ruled Monday. Syracuse University professors Susan Long and David Burnham filed seven Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and/or the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) between October 2010 and February 2013. Long and Burnham's are co-directors of Syracuse's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC. They sought metadata and database language structure, or schema, from databases used by both agencies, as well as snapshots of information.

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