A round up of articles on NY’s SAFE Law and its affect on Open Data / FOIL

Details Of Gun Package Include FOIL Provision – Capital Tonight, Nick Reisman

Legislature Restricts Access to Gun Permit Data – NY Times, Christine Haughney

Guns, Maps and Disturbing Data – NY Times, David Carr

Noneck’s commentary: NY State’s open records law is so far ahead of every other state that this exemption creates an imperfect lens of transparency. A better way to handle gun permitting would have been to limit records to a zip code or a US Census track. By allowing citizens to remove themselves from public record creates a dangerous president for transparency and accountability.

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