Photos, private information to be blocked under 9-1-1 bill

In anticipation of an update to statewide 9-1-1 communication systems by 2021, gruesome imagery of crime scenes or injuries, individuals’ medical histories and identification of domestic violence or rape victims may be protected from public view under legislation in the Maryland General Assembly.

SOURCE: The Washington Post

DATE: February 19, 2019

Many aspects of a 9-1-1 call are currently available to the public through Maryland’s Public Information Act, said House bill 215 sponsor Delegate Michael Jackson, D-Prince George’s.

Senate bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Cheryl Kagan, D-Montgomery, is identical and working its way through that chamber.

“I am all about public information, I am all about transparency and yet there needs to be a balance between transparency, government openness and personal privacy,” Kagan said.



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