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April 6, 2018

Attorney 'Would Hope' Illinois General Assembly Addresses Privacy Implications of AG's FOIA Opinion

Cook County Record

Land Use and Government Partner Hart Passman discussed identity theft concerns involving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with Cook County Record. This article comes after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office expressed that the names of state residents are not protected from disclosure by a city government or other governmental body under statutes for FOIA requests. This opinion stems from an FOIA request filed in October 2017 that caused controversy.

"We know there's a lot of ways for the bad guys to get our personal information," said Mr. Passman." Previously, FOIA, as has it has been implemented by governments in Illinois, was not designed to be one of those vehicles. This opinion makes it harder for local governments to protect this part of someone's personal information."

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