When governments bow down to private vendors, they ignore public’s right to know, experts say

Governments in many states are shirking transparency laws and blocking the public’s right to know, choosing instead to protect the intellectual property rights of private vendors. 

“This is not a Kansas problem. It’s not an Oregon problem. It’s an everywhere problem,” Frank LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, told KCUR-FM, Kansas City’s NPR station, for a Nov. 18, 2021, article. 

Kansas has allowed auditors and corporations to redact various documents related to drug spending on state employees, even though open-records lawyers say information in the documents should be public. 

When governments do this, they effectively outsource the redaction process, placing a private company’s interests above the rights of the public, experts say.