The Metadata Doesn’t Lie: Why Is Bloomington Withholding It?



By Yael Grauer, Slate

“Now comes a new chapter in the story. Software engineer Tony Webster did not attend the demonstration, but he filed a public records request on Dec. 23 under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act for data related to it, including emails, files, voicemails, call logs, police radio communications, trespass notices, and other information.

The city of Bloomington did provide him some access to a small amount of the requested information but not enough for Webster. On June 19, he filed a lawsuit against Bloomington. The complaint states that the city withheld, concealed, and likely destroyed data in violation of Minnesota’s Government Data Practices Act.”

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