Thursday, March 31, 2011

FOIA request as to emails of professors at public institutions

Of a FOIA request for emails of professors at public universities, USAToday reported:

"I know it's not the same as a private e-mail account. I know the university owns my e-mail. But I'm not sure how I feel about" having it subjected to a public records request, [ Peter Berg, a labor studies professor at Michigan State University ] said.

For the Mackinac Center, public employee e-mail is another day at the office.


Mackinac Center lawyer Patrick Wright said the center's requests for public information should be considered no more remarkable than those filed by news organizations or citizens. Seeking information about public employee activity that is potentially criminal — like using public resources for political purposes — is at the heart of what the law was designed for, he said.

IPBiz had mentioned the Mackinac Center in a previous post, concerning plagiarism by a Michigan State researcher:

Followup on Michigan State University plagiarism


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