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High Cost of Hoarding Data October 16, 2009

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A California County tried to charge an exorbitant amount of money for mapping data it had collected, and when the non-profit coalition seeking access decided to sue instead of pay – the county claimed the data was withheld for reasons of National Security.

Well, not only did the court not believe it, but after a 3-year and thus very costly trial, the county has been ordered to release the data, and pay the coalition’s legal fees to the tune of $500,000.

So, instead making $250,000, the county is paying at least twice that, and that’s not counting their county’s own legal fees.

(via Wired)

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