With its ruling, the Arizona Supreme Court is the first state to rule that metadata is available for public review.
Metadata is hidden data about data that details a document's creation and revisions, showing when and who made such changes.
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New York's Appellate Division, 4th Department (the mid-level appellate court) allowed FOIL access to metadata in Irwin v. OCRRA (February 11, 2010, Docket No. 09-00305) and cites to the Arizona Supreme Court decision: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/ad4/court/Decisions/2010/02-11-10/PDF/1421.pdf.
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