WA Supreme Court: Metadata is a Public Record
O'Neill v. City of Shoreline
For some reason, my link function isn't working. You can find the opinion at the following link: http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=17270775972374702888&q=o'neill+v.+city+of+shoreline&hl=en&as_sdt=100000000000002
Now, in other news...read the headline, because that's essentially all it says. I have a call out to David Norman, who authored a brief on the case, to see if he would like to guest blog this. This is because I really don't have the inclination to read the fact and got bored.
If you don't know what metadata is, I can explain that to you.
Metadata is defined as data providing information about one or more other pieces of data, such as:
-means of creation of the data,
-purpose of the data,
-time and date of creation,
-creator or author of data,
-placement on a computer network where the data was created,
For example, a digital image may include metadata that describes how large the picture is, the color depth, the image resolution, when the image was created, and other data. A text document's metadata may contain information about how long the document is, who the author is, when the document was written, and a short summary of the document.
Thank you, Wikipedia!