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PR 17-47 Gannon v. City of Pawtucket Violation Found

The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when, pursuant to the balancing test, it redacted individuals' names on invoices of temporary contracted workers. We found a public interest through the Complainant's personal knowledge and objective facts indicating that disclosure of the individuals' names was necessary to reveal and shed light on government operations. Under the specific facts of this case, we found only limited privacy interests implicated. Accordingly, the public interest in disclosure outweighed the privacy interest and, as such, the City violated the APRA when it failed to release the individuals' names on the requested documents. The City was directed to do so.

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