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From: Jobin-Davis, Camille (DOS)
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 2:11 PM
Subject:    RE: FOIL 198 Response

 

Also, please note that the Freedom of Information Law was amended in 2008.  Section 87 now includes the following provisions:

5.(a) An agency shall provide records on the medium requested by a person, if the agency can reasonably make such copy or have such copy made by engaging an outside professional service. Records provided in a computer format shall not be encrypted.

Based on this provision and others, in my opinion, if an agency can do so with reasonable effort, it is required to provide a copy of an electronic record in the format in which the applicant requests.

Camille

 

Camille S. Jobin-Davis, Esq.
Assistant Director
NYS Committee on Open Government
Department of State
99 Washington Ave, Suite 650
Albany NY 12231

Tel: 518-474-2518
Fax: 518-474-1927
http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/index.html