- Report Published -
|Current Statutes Governing Government Information Policy|
|Council on Information Management|
|SJR 238 (Regular Session, 1993)|
|On behalf of the Council on Information Management, I am pleased to provide you with the report call for by Senate Joint Resolution 238 adopted by the General Assembly in January 1993. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Council has received the assistance of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at The College of William and Mary, as well as policy experts representing the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, the Virginia Press Association, the National Archives, agencies of state and local government, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the law firm of Fenwick and West.|
This report has two distinct purposes. As directed by the General Assembly, the report provides an assessment of the impact of technology on the collection, maintenance, preservation, use and dissemination of information. Further, it examines whether, in an electronic environment, current state law ensures public access to government information, protects the rights of the individual to control information about himself, promotes the accuracy and integrity of public records and protects the taxpayer's investment in collecting , developing, storing and maintaining public records.
In submitting this report for publication, the Council believes it is important to emphasize that, with the advent of advanced information technologies, the process of managing and providing access to public records has become more complies. While the study reveals that current laws, for the most part, are adequate to address these issues, resolving the question of access versus privacy involves a unique set of challenges or the Commonwealth.