Government phone numbers, email addresses not public

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In two Right-to-Know Law cases, a split en banc Commonwealth Court ruled that middle names and home addresses are public record, but government-issued cell phone numbers and email addresses are not.

In Office of the Governor v. Raffle, the court unanimously ruled in the result and reversed a final determination by the state Office of Open Records that had granted access to all agency-issued cell phone and personal numbers of 39 employees of Gov. Tom Corbett's office.

The court was split 6-1, however, in its decision to uphold the portion of the OOR's final determination that had called for the disclosure of Mr. Corbett's home address in Shaler, as well as the counties of residence and full names of the 39 employees.

In Office of the Lieutenant Governor v. Mohn, meanwhile, the court ruled 5-2 to reverse the OOR's determination requiring disclosure of agency-issued email addresses for Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and two staffers.

The court was also split 6-1 in its ruling upholding the OOR's final determination requiring disclosure of the home address of one of Mr. Cawley's staffers.


Zack Needles: or 215-557-2493. To read more articles like this, visit


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