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Posted Date: October 19, 2011
Last Updated: November 28, 2011

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Exemption Six


There are nine exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act; each allows agencies to withhold specific types of information. Exemption 6 protects information about individuals in “personnel and medical files and similar files” when the disclosure of such information “would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” 5 U.S.C. § 552 (b)(6).