feedle (feedle) wrote,

FOIA Shenanigans

Originally published at feedle dot net. Please leave any comments there.

In this morning’s E-Mail box:

From: Oregon Department of Transportation <odot@service.govdelivery.com>
Date: 10/16/2012
Subject: ODOT Gov Delivery list request

Dear Subscribers -

Recently, the Oregon Department of Transportation received a public records request from an elected official. The request was for a list of the email addresses of our partners, customers and stakeholders. To comply with public records law, we gave the requestor the email addresses of everyone who subscribes to receive information from the Oregon Department of Transportation through the Gov Delivery service. This list includes your email address. It does not include your name or any personally identifiable information about you.

You may receive an unsolicited email message from the requestor. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

You can unsubscribe from the Gov Delivery service at any time by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this email. We hope that you choose to remain a subscriber and we hope you find the information that we share with you to be of value. If you have any questions, please call or email our Ask ODOT staff, 800-275-6368 or ask.ODOT@odot.state.or.us.


Patrick Cooney, APR
Communications Division Administrator
Oregon Department of Transportation

So, some background. I’m on a couple of mailing lists that update you on the status of roads in certain ODOT regions. For example, when snow closes Mackensie Pass, I get an E-mail.

Apparently, one particular state Representative thought it would be funny to file an FOIA request with ODOT and get a bunch of E-mail addresses.

I don’t think it’s funny.

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