Victim Privacy/FOI Task Force Holds First Meeting

The “Task Force to Consider the Balance between Victim Privacy under the Freedom of Information Act and the Public’s Right to Know” met for the first time on Aug. 1 at the state Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

The task force took no action, but began discussing its task and how it would organize.

The 17-member task for was formed by the legislature as part of a law blocking access to crime scene documents in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

The new law specifically exempts from disclosure: “Any record created by a law enforcement agency or other federal, state, or municipal governmental agency consisting of a photograph, film, video or digital or other visual image depicting the victim of a homicide, to the extent that such record could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of the victim or the victim’s surviving family members.”

The materials from each task force meeting will be posted on this website.

CT Freedom of Information Act

FOIVictim TF Members

FOIVictim TF Schedule of Meeting (Draft)

PA No. 31-311

To read more about the task force, click any of the following links:

Privacy Task Force Created After Newtown Shooting Begins Work, Hartford Courant

Positions Vary After Newtown FOI Panel’s First Meeting, CTNewsJunkie

CTN Video Archive

Connecticut Crime Victim Privacy Panel Meets, AP


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