From Indianapolis Star: This year, the Indiana State Police paid $373,995 for a device that law enforcement personnel have described as a powerful tool in the fight against crime and terrorism.
It could allow investigators in a surveillance vehicle to park in a crowded area and track the movements of anyone nearby with a cellphone and capture the numbers of people’s incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.
All of which concerns civil liberties and open-government groups.
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From NFOIC: A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.
Read More… from NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 25, 2013
From Kansas City Star: More and more, the internal workings of Indiana government are being shown and the political pageantry stripped away in a reminder that the trappings of power are rarely trumpeted in news conferences, aired in campaign ads or otherwise pushed out to the public.
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From Republic.com: By one stroke this year, Indiana lawmakers and the new governor vastly improved the public's ability to find out how the show is run here at the Statehouse, while in another, top managers at the Indiana Department of Transportation quietly clamped down on what's available.
Read More… from INDOT memo strips public info, but new IEDC rules open doors
Read More… from NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for April 5, 2013
From Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed three bills Tuesday affecting open records and government transparency, including one that will shield the addresses of police officers, judges and prosecutors in certain public databases available online.
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From Banner Graphic:
With Indiana Public Access Counselor Joe Hoage at Greencastle City Hall Thursday evening, public officials and private citizens got a lesson in Indiana’s Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act.
Sponsored by the Greencastle League of Women Voters and the Banner Graphic, the event was designed to educate people on some of the rules and misconceptions surrounding these two laws designed to ensure transparency in public bodies.
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From Evansville Courier & Press:
Indiana government officials who intentionally violate public access laws now face fines of $100 for the first offense and $500 after that under a new law that took effect July 1.
The law, approved during the 2012 legislative session, was an effort to create a way to penalize those who ignore open-government laws that are already on the books.
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A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:
Reverse surveillance: ACLU-NJ’s police tape app lets you secretly record any video interactions with cops
Read More… from NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for July 6, 2012