Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pennsylvania instant messaging may avoid public-record disclosure

"Trainers are telling state workers learning a new phone system that they can use an instant-messaging feature to keep information away from citizens’ public-records requests, the state’s open-records director told Gov. Tom Corbett in a letter.
“During several different training sessions for the implementation of the new statewide telephone system, state employees were specifically instructed that certain telephone messages and instant messages on this system are not subject to the state’s open records law,” wrote Terry Mutchler, executive director of the Office of Open Records. It happened in at least four training sessions, she said."

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