The Effects of the Freedom of Information Act on Research
Stallones, Reuel A.
American Journal of Public Health. 1982 Apr; 72(4): 335-337.
Use of the Freedom of Information Act can be potentially harmful to the security of research in progress. There is no protection from disclosure of information in grant applications; collected research data can be obtained and disclosed prematurely; and data supporting published research may be acquired and re-analyzed in a faulty manner. Greater secretiveness and competition will result from a requirement to surrender research data on demand. Scientists are urged to refrain from invoking FOIA. (KIE abstract)
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