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It was a standard public information request … until the state set up a maze to block one intrepid reporter’s access to records

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It was a standard public information request … until the state set up a maze to block one intrepid reporter’s access to records

It should bother anyone who believes in government transparency that MassIT is withholding records on the basis that they will alert the public to the existence of other records. Aaron Mackey, a legal fellow with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, agrees. He says that to safeguard personal privacy, the government should not be allowed to keep secret databases—whether for “benign or nefarious” purposes. He pointed to the ’60s and ’70s, when the government kept detailed dossiers on anti-Vietnam war activists. “The idea is that the public should know what type of information the government is maintaining about them,” he says. Releasing the list would actually be a “public service,” according to Mackey.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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