Saturday, August 06, 2011

Citing safety and privacy, PA bill would keep 911 time-response log info from public

"Calling for the further protection of Pennsylvanians' privacy, a state lawmaker wants to limit what anyone could potentially learn from emergency 911 calls.

Opponents of the amendment say privacy already is sufficiently protected by current rules and statutes and the change would only hamper the same public's ability to monitor how well police, fire and ambulance crews respond to emergency situations.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Joseph Hackett, R-Delaware County, maintains that criminals might use 911 information as a way to identify and target victims or to seek retribution against someone who made an emergency call."

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