Posted on Nov 22, 1993 in Formal Opinions

Opinion Letter No. 93-23
November 22, 1993
UIPA Requester’s Identity

[OIP Op. Ltr. No. 05-03 partially overrules this opinion to the extent that it states or implies that the UIPA’s privacy exception in section 92F-13(1), HRS, either prohibits public disclosure or mandates confidentiality.]

Under the UIPA, the University of Hawaii (UH) must publicly disclose a UIPA requester’s written request to inspect and copy UH records. Based upon a previous opinion letter, the OIP found that it would be only in extraordinary circumstances that a UIPA requester would have a privacy interest in having made a request to an agency under part II of the UIPA. The OIP determined, however, that the UH should segregate, or delete, the home address and home telephone number of any UIPA requester who is a natural person before making the request public.

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