What Commission records are not open for public inspection or copying?

In reference to the Commission’s documents, the following documents/information may not be public records subject to public inspection or copying under the Open Records Act:

  • Records in any pending investigation or prosecution, other than the initial complaint; (once the case has been concluded, such records may become available)
  • Any records specifically required by the federal government to be kept confidential;
  • Records compiled for law enforcement or prosecution purposes to the extent that production of such records would disclose the existence of a confidential surveillance or investigation or other critical confidential material
  • confidential governmental agency evaluations prepared in connection with the appointment or hiring of a public officer or employee; and records consisting of material obtained in investigations related to the suspension, firing, or investigation of complaints against public officers or employees (until ten days after presentation to the agency or termination of the investigation)
  • An individual’s social security number, mother’s birth name, credit card information, debit card information, bank account information, financial data or information, and insurance or medical information in all records, and birth-date (if feasible at reasonable cost), shall be redacted prior to disclosure of any record requested pursuant to this article
  • Public records containing information that might compromise the integrity and confidentiality of electronic signatures.
  • Probate court records pertaining to guardianships and conservatorships
  • Records that would reveal the home address or telephone number, social security number, or insurance or medical information of public employees, teachers and employees of a public school, employees of the Department of Revenue, law enforcement officers, judges, scientists employed by the Division of Forensic Sciences of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, correctional employees, and prosecutors or identification of immediate family members or dependents thereof.
  • In addition, the Open Records Act does not apply to information covered under the attorney-client privilege, material that is attorney work product and information relating to certain tax matters made confidential under state or federal law.

See O.C.G.A. § 50-18-72 for the complete list of exemptions from the Open Records Act. Please note that there are other disclosure exceptions within Georgia law as well as federal law.

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