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City councillors are under no obligation to reveal their records of meetings, schedules, emails and the like to the public because, unlike bureaucrats, they’re not considered public “employees” under Ontario’s laws. (via Freedom of information activists ask: Why are Toronto councillors allowed to work in secret? | Toronto Star)

Unlike the mayor and thousands of city employees, councillors are not subject to freedom of information legislation because they are not deemed municipal employees — their records are considered personal.
It’s a loophole that a leading accountability watchdog says is “dangerously undemocratic.”
Even Ontario’s assistant privacy commissioner has concerns.
Good work by Toronto Star - Kudos, Robyn Doolittle!

City councillors are under no obligation to reveal their records of meetings, schedules, emails and the like to the public because, unlike bureaucrats, they’re not considered public “employees” under Ontario’s laws. (via Freedom of information activists ask: Why are Toronto councillors allowed to work in secret? | Toronto Star)

  • Unlike the mayor and thousands of city employees, councillors are not subject to freedom of information legislation because they are not deemed municipal employees — their records are considered personal.
  • It’s a loophole that a leading accountability watchdog says is “dangerously undemocratic.”
  • Even Ontario’s assistant privacy commissioner has concerns.
Good work by Toronto Star - Kudos, Robyn Doolittle!
govtoversight:

A powerful quote from Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps drill instructor, from the 9th Annual Ridenhour Awards yesterday. Read more at the POGO blog.

Camp Lejeune coverup hit the military more than civilians :(

govtoversight:

A powerful quote from Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps drill instructor, from the 9th Annual Ridenhour Awards yesterday. Read more at the POGO blog.

Camp Lejeune coverup hit the military more than civilians :(

While Google is only permitted to notify the subscriber that was the subject of surveillance, that person is permitted to tell anyone else they wish, should they wish to do so.

slight paranoia: Federal judge: Google free to tell user about mysterious gov requests, likely related to Wikileaks

  • In two 1-page orders issued today, a Federal judge in Virginia has (for a second time) ruled that Google is permitted to tell a customer (and only that customer) about two mysterious surveillance orders — a 2703(d) order and a search warrant — issued in June, 2011 for records (likely including communications content) associated with their Google account.
  • One month ago, a federal judge published two (pdf) orders (pdf) [hereafter the February 2012 orders], related to two previously secret surveillance orders obtained in June, 2011 by the government seeking data about a Google subscriber. In the two February 2012 orders, the judge ruled that Google could tell the user about the earlier surveillance orders. 
  • Soon after, the government filed a motion with the court, seeking to clarify whether Google could tell any person about the orders, or merely the impacted user.