MA: laws protecting domestic abuse victims’ privacy being used to deny access to data about enforcement

A request to cities in Massachusetts for the response times to domestic violence incidents were rejected in bulk because, according to the police departments that received the request, any and all data related to domestic violence cases is private.

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Although the names and addresses could be redacted to protect victims, the Boston Police appear to be making the case that all information must be withheld in full.

An appeal to the Massachusetts Supervisor of Records didn’t say that the department was wrong, but said they must “clarify” whether the information might be kept elsewhere. Read more…