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PR 13-15 Shoemaker v. Rhode Island Department of Health – No Violation

The RI Dept. of Health did not violate the APRA when it refused to provide the names and addresses of children and their parents living in the Middletown and Newport area because the disclosure would constitute a "clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy." See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-3(b). Nor was there any evidence to indicate that disclosure would advance the "public interest" or otherwise shed light on any government activity. Additionally, the information is contained in KIDSNET, a confidential, computerized child health information system and R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(i)(S) exempts from public disclosure "[r]ecords, reports, opinions, information, and statements required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulation or state law, or rule of court."

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Department or agency: Office of the Attorney General: Open Government


Release date: 07-26-2013

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