Freedom of Information Act Requests

Responding to FOIA Requests

Freedom of Information Act reports are increasingly used to harass and target researchers.

In response to a tide of threats, violence, and harassment targeting biomedical researchers, three organizations have released a document to provide the scientific community with a guide to

  • Complying with information requests,
  • Understanding researcher responsibilities under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open records laws, and
  • Responding to requests for grant information filed under these statutes.

This document, available below, reflects the growing use of these requests by animal rights extremists who increasingly use FOIA-sourced information to target scientists for harassment or violence, or take information out of context for use in advocacy campaigns.