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Is confidentiality at risk with open government?

March 5, 2013

Confidentiality doesn't have to be a concern when it comes to open and transparent government initiatives. According to the Beaufort Observer, some legislature is currently being considered in North Carolina that would restrict certain information like gun permit data from public record. Debates over what is and isn't public record aside, one question remains - can information be so freely restricted from the public eye for the sake of confidentiality?

According to the news source, confidentiality should come second. However, discerning government offices don't have to sacrifice one for the other with the right tools and approach. A significant part of transparency and open government efforts is data management and organization, and by utilizing high-quality software like IQM2's intelligent meeting management solutions, that information can be processed according to policy and be readily make available to the public, allowing for more time to be taken on critical matters such as public safety and security.

However, hiding records is not the answer to protecting privacy. A government office has to have the tools available to consider information and the rights of citizens and be able to make informed decisions regarding every records request.