High Cost of Hoarding Data October 16, 2009Posted by dataduchess in Uncategorized.
Tags: california, data, legal, wired
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.