FOI DAILY DOSE: N.J. phone records made more public, Kundra unveiled .gov task force, ACLU asked to return classified doc
By Morgan Watkins | July 18th, 2011
N.J. court requires public officials to reveal cell phone call locations
Location, location, location.
That can’t stay secret when it comes to cell phone records, according to a New Jersey court ruling.
Public officials using taxpayer-funded cell phones must disclose the destination of the calls they make because such information is helpful to the public interest, according to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
The court case, Livecchia v. Borough of Mount Arlington, arose after after the borough redacted the locations of calls made by public officials when it filled resident Gayle Ann Livecchia’s records request.
Livecchia and other citizens can use the phone call locations, which must now be disclosed, to find out whether government employees are improperly using their work cells.
Federal task force to evaluate gov websites
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra revealed the names of 17 people who will comprise a .gov task force that will slim down government websites and evaluate potential policy adjustments for running such Web properties in the future.
Those appointed include IT professionals from various federal offices, according to a Government Tech blog post.
This task force complements President Obama’s “Campaign to Cut Waste,” which aims to cut unnecessary expenditures.
This includes paring down the 2,000-plus federal URLs in use.
Gov demands ACLU return classified doc
The federal government wants a judge to order the American Civil Liberties Union to return a classified document that was released to the organization detailing how employees decide which Afghanistan detainees are Enduring Security Threats.
The ACLU must respond to the government’s court filings by July 29, according to the Washington Post’s Checkpoint Washington blog.
The ACLU wants to post the document, which it says was improperly classified, to its website.
The Pentagon gave the organization the document, along with several others, in compliance with a court order requiring their release. The ACLU notified the government about the Afghanistan detainee document on May 25.
– Morgan Watkins
Morgan Watkins is SPJ’s summer Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern and a University of Florida student. Reach her by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or connect with her on Twitter (@morganwatkins26).