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    Freedom of Information Act

    During the Petrino saga, there was much reference to obtaining cell phone records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

    Are all (yours/mine) phone records public? How do privacy laws fit in here? Exactly how does this work?



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    Re: Freedom of Information Act

    FOIA (and similar) only apply to government employees and their work email\phone records. I'd imagine those cell phone records were for a school paid for phone.



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    Re: Freedom of Information Act

    Quote Originally Posted by SCarolinaCy View Post
    During the Petrino saga, there was much reference to obtaining cell phone records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

    Are all (yours/mine) phone records public? How do privacy laws fit in here? Exactly how does this work?
    FOIA applied to Petrino because he was using a cell phone paid for by the University, a public entity. Anything from a personal phone that he paid for privately would not be accessible via FOIA.


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    Re: Freedom of Information Act

    ^^Both these guys are right, the point of FOIA is to make information available to the public that "belongs" to the public because they paid for it and it came through a government entity. Your phone record is not available through a FOIA request unless you are a public employee and your phone was provided to you through your job.



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    Re: Freedom of Information Act

    It amazes me the guys that make millions and use their work phone to be stupid.



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    Re: Freedom of Information Act

    Quote Originally Posted by nj829 View Post
    It amazes me the guys that make millions and use their work phone to be stupid.
    Because they think that "unforeseen circumstances" would never happen to them and they think they're too smart to get caught.
    Let's face it: if the accident didn't happen, he would still be Arkansas HC. If he wasn't riding with the gal, he would still be Arkansas HC. If the trooper agreed to not write a report that BP was riding with a passenger, he would still be Arkansas HC.



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    Re: Freedom of Information Act

    Quote Originally Posted by SCarolinaCy View Post
    During the Petrino saga, there was much reference to obtaining cell phone records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

    Are all (yours/mine) phone records public? How do privacy laws fit in here? Exactly how does this work?
    From a friends situation, I learned that the court can access your phone records however I believe only they can. Not just any Tom, Jim, or Harry can go ask for your records.


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