Federal prohibitions on open-access laws are causing confusion about what records states are required to release.
Security concerns are superseding agencies' missions to provide useful information to the public.
Federal and state courts are beginning to set policies for protecting personal information in electronic public records, but doing so is a delicate balancing act.
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The United Kingdom's journey from secrecy to openness is measured in inches, not miles.
The Drivers Privacy Protection Act is likely to reach the Supreme Court.
Agencies argue that easily gotten data is a problem.
Is it worth the cost? When a third party, like government, stands to financially benefit from selling individuals' privacy, the outrage over privacy invasion can quickly rise to deafening proportions.
The question is not about stopping the flow of data, but controlling it.
We moan about the loss of privacy, then trade our mother's maiden name to save a nickel on a can of beans.
The government sometimes hands out open-access rules as discipline for agencies rather than benefits for citizens.
With the European Union talking tough on online privacy, the federal government favors laissez faire over legislation.
Los Angeles has taken the lead from New York and San Francisco, increasing cooperation to foster a better IT climate.
If the private sector doesn't protect the privacy interests of consumers, the federal government is threatening to step in and make it happen.
The Clinton administration's interest in privacy may be motivated more by politics than an interest in the public's privacy rights.
GPS helps locate the remains of a young man and bring closure to his family.
Don't assume that, if someone wants access to personal information, they are planning to use it in harmful ways. Let the privacy exemption do the work.
Are people correct in thinking privacy is more important than access?
The question of whether Internet content should be regulated has already been answered. The next question is: How?
Judge Tom Cecil, presiding judge for the Sacramento Calif., Superior and Municipal Courts, maintains a 25-year facination with technology. This interest fuels his one, driving ambition: To bring the practice of law into the Information Age with respect and dignity. Over the past eight years, he has done just that for the Sacramento courts.
Constitutional laws are tested as states resist a federal mandate to control access to public records.
Although Congress vastly underestimated the cost of implementing FOIA, it clearly understood that cost was not to be an obstacle to access.
How will Chinese rule affect Hong Kong's commitment to privacy and daya protection? the andwer could weigh heavily on matters of trade and economic cooperation.
Some financial institutions' records may still be impregnable, but attitudes are changing about the public's right to know what's going on with their banks.
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How well are federal agencies carrying out the Freedom of Information Act since Attorney General Reno's call for more discretionary disclosure?
What policies are useful in determining the cost of access to government information?
The National Privacy and Public Policy Symposium was designed to look at privacy issues from virtually every conceivable angle and discipline.
Government information is still a bargain, but it's not free. What policies govern fees and access?
The 1996 amendments to FOIA mark the first congressional recognition that rights of access to government information must change to keep up with technological advances
The UK has not necessarily been known for its open access to government records, but significant strides have been made with an administrative code.
California communities have begun to wrestle with a major public policy problem that pits traditional concepts of access to court records against individuals' rights to privacy.
West Publishing's copyright is hindering electronic dissemination of case law