Meta Data: Is it public record?

01/29/2009 23:05

Interesting article from K&L Gates about a recent decision in Arizona (Lake v. City of Phoenix, 2009 WL 73256 (Ariz. Ct. App. Jan. 13, 2009) distinguishing between a written document and the meta data therein. The court decided that the meta data did not serve the purpose of public record and thus was not required to be maintained by the city or turned over during discovery.  This decision flies in the face of the Washington ruling that classified meta data as public record (O’Neill v. City of Shoreline, 145 Wash. App. 913, 187 P.3d 822 (Wash. Ct. App. 2008).