Dont use privacy law as cover-up tool

Laws meant to protect the privacy of the public should not be stretched to prevent the public from learning of violations of the law or the possible negligence and inefficiency of public servants.

Yet that is exactly what will happen if the Ohio Supreme Court sides with the Cincinnati Health Department in an open-records case presented to the court Tuesday. The Enquirer has sued the Health Department to obtain records of citations the department issued to 343 property owners who have failed to eliminate sources of lead poisoning, such as lead-based paint. Department policy is to cite owners when a child living at a property is found to have elevated lead levels in his or her blood. Don't use privacy law as cover-up tool

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 12th October 2005 10:15AM