Saturday, November 12, 2011

Broad request for cell phone information is denied

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Police properly denied a request for copies of cell phone records, according to an opinion of the attorney general's office.

The documents sought pertained "to the ability of law enforcement officers to obtain records from cell phone companies that reveal the past or present travels of cell phone users” over a two and a half year period.

The division reasoned that this request was overly burdensome as it could not accurately estimate the number of records encompassed by the request and that it would cause division personnel to manually search more than a thousand case files and more than a million e-mails.

The attorney general's opinion on Nov. 4 agreed with the division and stated that the scope of the request “represents an impediment to access and that the volume of record implicated by the request magnifies the possibility of harm to open investigation/enforcement action through inadvertent disclosure of protected matter.”

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