Well, lookee here. Fresh off the heels of another loss to us in court, @nycrecords took the time today to respond to one of our open FOIL requests for some microfilm records, which we would like to acquire, scan, and put online.
And we replied in turn:
That alone ought to count for damages for pain and suffering, right?
*sees "HIPPA" trending*
*gets PTSD twitches from all the times angrily uninformed ladies in the certain genealogy FB groups screeched at us that our getting and publishing birth and death indices online was somehow a "HIPPA" violation*
*also it's HIPAA with two-A's, FFS LOL*
Sorry for the semi radio silence about our latest legal win. We're waiting for final go/no-go from our attorneys about whether or not we should appeal our own win (!) specifically to try to squeeze our attorneys fees out of @nycrecords.
(Fee awards in NY FOIL are discretionary.)
The Black Veterans Project and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress submitted #FOIA requests to the @DeptVetAffairs for records concerning disability claims and race. @BlackVetProject filed suit after finding the agency's response insufficient.
@NathanDGoodwin Thanks for bringing this group to my attention - I've signed up for their newsletter. It's too bad governments think public records are commodities, but as long as that's true, we need people fighting for access.
Love the work these people are doing, although I don’t feel they should have to 🤷🏼♂️ https://twitter.com/ReclaimTheRecs/status/1416067701919735808
Hey @nycrecords, check your e-mail. 2
I’d modify this slightly to @ReclaimTheRecs, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, Ancestry 😆
Couldn’t help myself...
Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast & MyHeritage 😆