Group seeks records involving breach of Georgia voter data

Posted: 3:33 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 By Kristina Torres- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  A…

Georgia (Dec 7, 2015) — Posted: 3:33 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

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By Kristina Torres- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

A journalism group called on Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Friday to release public records detailing how a massive data breach in the office happened and exactly how outside groups handled more than 6 million voters’ personal information.

The Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists said the agency wrongly cited state law about open records in Georgia. The law allows agencies to exempt public documents from disclosure if they relate to an open internal investigation, although it is not mandatory in most cases.

“The open investigation exemption of the Open Records Act only applies to law enforcement, prosecution or regulatory agencies,” said Kennesaw State University journalism professor Carolyn Carlson, a former SPJ national president and Freedom of Information Committee member. “It specifically does not apply to records kept by the agency that is the subject of an investigation.”

Agency officials on Friday stood by their action, citing a different section of the law that allows them to shield records related to the suspension, firing or investigation of complaints against public officers or employees. They also repeated plans to release documents after the agency completes its investigation. …


 

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