PUBLIC DISCLOSURE - CONFIDENTIAL INCOME INFORMATION - PRIVACY
CONFIDENTIAL INCOME INFORMATION 1.When applying the statutory privacy standard in RCW 42.17.255, a public agency may inquire into the purpose for which a record is requested and may use the answer to aid in determining whether the public has a legitimate interest in obtaining the information, but the public agency may not decline to furnish the records for public inspection and copying solely because the requester refuses to furnish a reason for the request.2.A public agency may condition access to a public record containing a list of individuals on the requester's promise that the record will not be used for a commercial purpose, but may not require the requester to enter into a hold harmless agreement to that effect.3.The term "confidential income information" as used in RCW 84.40.020 refers to information that has been communicated in confidence in connection with the assessment of real property pursuant to chapter 84.40 RCW, which has not been publicly disseminated by the taxpayer or made known to more than a limited number of individuals, whose disclosure would either be highly offensive to a reasonable person and not of legitimate concern to the public or would result in unfair competitive disadvantage to the taxpayer.
LAW ENFORCEMENT - PRIVACY - RECORDING CONVERSATIONS
Video And Audio Recording Of Communications Between Citizens And Law Enforcement Officers Using Body Cameras Attached To Police Uniforms
- The Washington Privacy Act, RCW 9.73, does not require the
consent of a law enforcement officer to use body cameras attached to
police uniforms. A local collective bargaining agreement, however, might
limit or prohibit such use.
- Conversations between law enforcement officers and members of the
public are not generally considered private for purposes of the Privacy
- As a general matter, the Privacy Act does not require a law
enforcement officer to cease recording a conversation at the request of a
citizen, because such conversations are not private to begin with.
- In order to use a recording as evidence in a criminal or civil
case, the recording would be subject to the same laws and rules
governing all evidence, including the requirement that the chain of
custody be established to prove no tampering has occurred. Laws relating
to the retention and disclosure of public records, including records
retention schedules, would govern retention and disclosure of
- RCW 9.73.090 does not limit the use of body cameras to the use of such cameras in conjunction with vehicle-mounted cameras.