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Where does the name Freedom of Information Act arise from?

I think there was a question that previously addressed the sequence in which it appeared in different parts of the world and traced the progression of its spread. But I'm now asking on one hand, how/...
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Is there a volume limit on FOIA requests? Could I effectively request every police report?

According to guidelines published by HHS.gov, some fees apply in certain scenarios: Fee Guidelines There is no initial fee to make a FOIA request, and in some cases no fees are charged. ...
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Is it allowed to share propaganda materials for educational purposes? Materials that incite violence and justify killing of certain people?

I have found and fully subtitled a pro-war propaganda video from a Russian TV channel. The channel is banned in most of the world. The video is aimed at school children and justifies the war and ...
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What statute or case law provides a right to access by the defendant if represented by appointed counsel?

UPDATED BASED ON COMMENTS The public must be provided a reasonable access to all records public. Does the sealed documentation need to be unsealed even if only the defendant wants to inspect or obtain ...
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In the UK, can documents obtained through Freedom of Information be shared with friends?

If you have obtained certain documents from a government agency in the UK through a Freedom of Information request, are you allowed to send a copy of these documents to a friend who might also be ...
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What does "Congress having occupied the field" mean?

I've run across the phrase "Congress having occupied the field" in legal writings recently. Can someone explain this? My question relates to The Common Law Right of Access to Public Records....
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Are agencies required to provide an updated timeline after failing to meet FOIA deadlines?

I filed a FOIA request with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) about 15 months ago (in April of 2020). The request was sent out to one of the agency's field offices, which automatically placed it in their &...
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FOI and Common Law right of access [US]

The US federal government, and accordingly, the State governments all have Freedom of Information laws, which provide for the disclosure of public information. frmally in a government fails to ...
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Are causes of death public information?

CNN and MSNBC legal analyst Midwin Charles was something of a celebrity, but her cause of death (a month after her first vaccine dose) remains undisclosed, which led to some speculation online. I ...
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How much can I see, of a dissolution of marriage filed in Alameda County, California?

I live far away from California, but want to know more about this divorce. Can I request a copy of all documents in this case online? If so, can I request the documents to be emailed to me? If not, ...
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Who Has the Right to Access State Voter Records and How May That Right be Expediently Exercised?

A few days ago, I posted this question on the Politics Stack Exchange I am modifying and reposting it here in the hope of receiving a more substantial answer. In the United States, who (individual, ...
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How does a subject access request differ from a freedom of information request?

Is it similar to the distinction in the USA between a FOIA request and one made under the Privacy Act? Corollary: what is the origin of the Subject Access Request system, and why does the name seem to ...
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Freezing funds with positive balance

My spouse's son is on an account with his stepmother. Both were put on the account at different times by his dad. Unfortunately his dad passed away recently. The money in the account was to be split ...
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Can you be added to a watch list for asking?

So the federal government (and possibly state and local governments) of the United States of America keep watch lists, for criminals, terrorists, suspects, and sometimes non-criminals. I understand ...
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Can Lavabit be suspended again?

From the about page: In 2013, we suspended service to protect our global customers when the U.S. government ordered us to release our Transport Layer Security private keys. To protect your ...
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Are there states that don't require having a family name?

I know this session might seem absurd. I don't like the family name appearing in my passport and will likely change it in a bureaucratic procedure in an interior ministry affiliated consulate (...
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Why aren't Cabinet meeting records released after 20 years?

A page on the National Archives' website states the following: Records of cabinet meetings are confidential documents and only transferred to The National Archives after 30 years - the 30-year rule....
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