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The Department of Justice publishes a list of FOIA exemptions protecting valuable business information.

An article summarizing the numerous federal statutes that exempt information shared with the government from Freedom of Information Act requests works great as a blog post or as pillar content for law firms with corporate practices.

Better yet if government attorneys do the research. That happened this week when the U.S. Department of Justice published just such a list -- 2022 Updates to Exemption 3 Statutes.

Exemption 3 is just one of nine FOIA exemptions that, if applicable, will prevent valuable corporate information from falling into the hands of third-parties and governments via FOIA requests.

The full list of FOIA exemptions:

  1. Classified national defense and foreign relations information.
  2. Internal agency personnel rules and practices.
  3. Information that is prohibited from disclosure by another federal law.
  4. Trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person that is privileged or confidential.
  5. Inter-agency or intra-agency memoranda or letters that are protected by legal privileges.
  6. Personnel, medical, financial, and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
  7. Certain types of information compiled for law enforcement purposes.
  8. Records that are contained in or related to examination, operating, or condition reports prepared by, on behalf of, or for the use of any agency responsible for the regulation or supervision of financial institutions.
  9. Geological and geophysical information and data, including maps, concerning wells.