PA 14-34—sHB 5125

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT LIMITING ACCESS TO CERTAIN INFORMATION REGARDING PROBATION OFFICERS UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

SUMMARY: This act exempts from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) personal information about current and former probation officers employed by the Judicial Branch to people under (1) Department of Correction custody or supervision for violating probation or (2) the supervision of the Court Support Services Division. The act applies to personal information not related to the officer's duties or employment, including his or her (1) date of birth; (2) Social Security number; (3) current and former e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and home addresses; (4) photographs; and (5) driver's license information.

Under existing law, unless specifically exempted, public employees' personnel, medical, and similar files are subject to disclosure under FOIA unless disclosure would constitute an invasion of personal privacy (CGS 1-210(b)(2)). Under case law, disclosing these files is an invasion of privacy if the (1) records are not of legitimate public concern and (2) information in the files would be highly offensive to a reasonable person (Perkins v. FOIC, 228 Conn. 158 (1993)).

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2014

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