AZ Sup Ct – Metadata in Public Records Subject to Disclosure

From Wired Magazine:

Arizona’s Supreme Court, in a surprising but welcome ruling, has declared that electronic metadata is part of the public record under state law, in a case involving an Arizona police officer who suspects his superiors of backdating a document related to his work performance….
The city argued that metadata — digital information that can reveal when a document was created and subsequently accessed or modified — was not part of the public record….. But the state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that “if a public entity maintains a public record in an electronic format, then the electronic version, including any embedded metadata, is subject to disclosure under our public records laws.”

See the full en banc opinion.
Hat tip to Steve Miller, Chief of the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau