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Under the auspices of privacy .. or not: surveying the state judicial treatment of access to government records

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dc.contributor.advisor Davis, Charles N. en_US
dc.contributor.author Tseng, Yin-Tzu en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-23T17:13:35Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-23T17:13:35Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008 Spring en
dc.identifier.other TsengY-031809-T9605 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/5659
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on July 9, 2009) en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism. en_US
dc.description.abstract While privacy is paramount to a person's liberty interest, it is not absolute in all circumstances. Often, public interests trump an individual's right to privacy. Since the enactment of freedom of information statutes by every state, there is a strong presumption of government disclosure. Government agencies, for purposes of openness and accountability, are required by public records statutes to release various types of information. Some of the government records may contain identifying information, which if disclosed, would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Courts are often called upon to resolve the clash between protecting the privacy of individuals and promoting the public interest in disclosure. This study, through an examination of case opinions issued by the supreme courts of the fifty states, aims to determine how state courts across the nation address the issue of personal privacy exemptions in public records disputes. This thesis intends to find out if state courts are following the federal categorical approach to the statutory exemptions. The purpose of this thesis is to draw inferences regarding an overall trend in the post-Reporters Committee state judicial treatment of privacy and information disclosure concerns and the states' attitudes toward access to personally-identifiable information in government-held records. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2008 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Public records -- Access control en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Journalistic ethics en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Freedom of information en_US
dc.title Under the auspices of privacy .. or not: surveying the state judicial treatment of access to government records en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Journalism en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b70508999 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 423388801 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2008 Theses


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