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Wash. High Court Rules E-mail Metadata is Public Record

Metadata associated with electronic documents – such as the “to” and “from” fields in e-mails – is a public record subject to disclosure, Washington’s Supreme Court ruled.

The 5-4 ruling concerned a Shoreline resident’s request under the Public Records Act for an e-mail that had been sent to the city’s deputy mayor. The resident received a copy of the e-mail without the metadata and subsequently filed a request for the information.

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