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. Although the names and addresses could be redacted to protect victims, the Boston Police appear to…


Massachusetts Committee OKs Bill Overhauling State Public Records Law

A bill aimed at overhauling the state’s public records law has cleared a key hurdle, bringing it one step closer to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

The bill would require public records requests to be completed in 10 days. If the agency or municipality can’t comply, the person in charge of producing the records must explain the reasons for the delay. A one-time extension could be granted.  Continue…