IRS responds to records request with encrypted CD full of blacked-out documents

Michael sez, "Sometimes a simple 'no' can be better than what agencies consider a response when it comes to Freedom of Information. J. Pat Brown over at FOIA powerhouse MuckRock discovered that the hard way when, after a request for information on information about the IRS's whisteblower office resulted in documents being sent on a CD ... that was fully encrypted ... using a Windows only app ... where the password was sent along in a separate letter."

"And the trove of documents ultimately decoded? Six, almost fully redacted pages of public records.

"While it's good to see agencies embracing encryption, it'd also be nice if they could have just sent this via email."

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