The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 24, 2013

Our View: A test of access to public data


The audit also revealed that sometimes records weren’t turned over right away when requests were funneled through supervisors, who weren’t always on duty. And in other cases clerks and other record keepers were occasionally suspicious and asked the name of the person making the records request, although requesters are not required to disclose their identity. The clerks often wondered what they were after.

Public information is called “public” for a reason. These audits are a good way to measure if the public is getting the information they have every right to. If we can’t get it, then you probably can’t either — and it’s yours.

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