Public Records Supervisor upholds confidentiality of Arlington’s email notification list

The Supervisor of Public Records has issued a letter determination in which he concluded that a list of residential email addresses filed with the Town of Arlington for the purpose of receiving notices and agendas as listed on the Town’s website was properly withheld from disclosure following a public records request for that list.  The Supervisor’s letter cites to the exemption expressed in G.L. c. 4, Sec. 7(26)(c) which exempts from mandatory disclosure “materials or data relating to a specifically named individual, the disclosure of which may constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”  The Supervisor concluded that disclosure of the list “could have an aggregate and negative effect on the privacy interests of residents who submitted this information to the Town solely for notification purposes.”  In this case, the Supervisor agreed with the Town that there is no compelling public interest in favor of disclosure that would outweigh the privacy interests of those who submitted their email addresses to the Town for inclusion on the list.  See:  Supervisor’s Letter

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