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Bulk Data Requests and the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act

 

When a person thinks of getting documents from a governmental entity under the Freedom of Information Act or otherwise, he/she typically thinks of going to the county courthouse and copying a public record such as a tax record, a deed, or a court filing. This usually involves the person asking a county employee to see the paper document and then asking to make a copy of that document. The charge for this, if any, is generally minimal. However, in today’s world most government records are kept in some form or electronic or digital format. Not only is the record itself kept in an electronic format, but often electronic data utilized to generate that record is also maintained by the public entity.

For example, let’s look at records maintained by county assessors. The principal duties of a county assessor are to locate and value all property, real and personal. These values, and the data utilized to calculate the values, are typically stored by the county assessor in an electronic format
utilizing computer software that the county typically purchases or leases from a third party software vendor. The software not only stores the data, but typically allows the county assessor to access and manipulate the data as needed. There is, however, a growing market for this data, as well as
electronic data held by other governmental agencies. Companies want the records and the underlying data so that they can “sell it” in some other format for a profit. These companies typically have web-sites at which you pay to access and search the data and records.

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Randy L. Grice

Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski & Calhoun, Ltd.

  • Partner with Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski, & Calhoun, Ltd.
  • More than 14 years of experience as a city attorney
  • Practice areas include civil litigation, construction law, creditors’ rights, secured transactions, and commercial and municipal law
  • J.D. degree, with honors, University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law; B.S. degree, with honors, University of Central Arkansas
  • Can be contacted at 501-372-0110 or [email protected]
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