Privacy v. good government?
There is an ongoing debate about when the need for personal privacy affects the right of individuals to information about the workings of government and the courts.
Public records that have always been legally accessible, but only at the courthouse or government offices, are increasingly becoming available online. Some privacy proponents take the extreme view that some of these records should now be
kept from public access. This view constitutes an abridgement of the public’s right to know. The issue, however, like most in our time, is not a simple one.
To become more informed about the issues surrounding your right to access public records, check our website at washingtoncog.org.
Remember: Open and accessible government is the keystone of a strong democracy.
A Public Service Announcement courtesy of Washington Coaltion for Open Government
Mission"The Washington Coalition for Open Government was formed to act as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and defending the People's right to know in matters of public interest and in the conduct of the public's business. The Coalition's driving vision is to help foster open government processes, supervised by an informed and engaged citizenry, which is the cornerstone of democracy."