[govinfo] GovInfo News 5-31-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 15:58:01 -0400

Patrice McDermott, Director
202.332.OPEN (6736)

- Meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
The meeting will be held on June 7, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and June 
8, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the George Washington University 
Cafritz Conference Center, 800 21st Street, NW., Room 308/Parks Room, 
Washington, DC. more

Judge: County must share map data with public
By The Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Santa Clara County must publicly disclose data used to 
create electronic maps of all properties within the county, a judge ruled in a 
decision hailed by First Amendment advocates.
Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg's May 18 ruling requires Santa Clara 
County to share - with no restrictions and at minimal cost - the digital 
"basemap" that makes up its "Geographic Information System."
The GIS basemap contains data on each parcel of property and allows for the 
three-dimensional display of geographic information. The maps can be used by 
citizens or journalists to analyze how neighborhoods compare on crime, property 
tax, test scores and other measures.
The California First Amendment Coalition filed suit to force Santa Clara County 
to share the parcel-map data, claiming that the county couldn't restrict access 
to data created with taxpayer money. The county has charged tens of thousands 
of dollars for access to the records.
The county had argued that it could restrict access because the data contained 
"trade secrets" as well as sensitive information whose disclosure could 
threaten public safety. It also said it needed to charge for access to recoup 
costs of developing the digital maps.

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