Lawsuit: DOJ and FBI Deliberately Use Obsolete Software to Stymie Information Requests

A new lawsuit alleges that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) intentionally conducts inadequate searches of its records using a decades-old computer system when queried by citizens looking for records that should be available to the public. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) researcher Ryan Shapiro alleges “failure by design” in the DOJ’s protocols for responding to public requests. The FOIA law states that agencies must “make reasonable efforts to search for the records in electronic form or format”. In an effort to demonstrate that the…