Tracking U.S. government data removed from the Internet during the Trump administration
Prior to the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Sunlight joined other transparency advocates in expressing concern about the future of open government data in the United States. We highlighted the ways an administration could alter government data that fell short of outright removal, from defunding collection to limiting access to altering data sets. Taking open government data offline entirely was the most extreme action we anticipated. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s now begun happening. As a result, Sunlight and our open government allies have begun tracking confirmed news reports of the Trump administration removing open government data from the Internet and links to where that data has been archived by civil society in the spreadsheet below.