Saturday, February 06, 2010

Louisiana public records opinion addresses release of proprietary information

"Public officials can decide whether a document contains proprietary information before releasing it to a public records request, but must inform the company that provided the information before doing so to allow for legal appeal, according to an opinion released this week by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office.

The opinion, sought by the Department of Insurance, says the agency "must produce copies of documents in its custody" to the media or the public under the Public Records Act. However, proprietary data and trade secrets are excluded from public disclosure."

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