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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 26, 2005

City Web site affected by new state law

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will remove access to various databases on its Web site because of a new state law that takes effect Aug. 28. The law prohibits court, state and local Web sites from publishing the Social Security Numbers, home addresses and telephone numbers of elected and appointed officials without their written permission. This also includes an official's residing spouse or child.

In large databases it would be almost impossible to determine who is a public official, and to obtain permission from each affected person. Therefore, the City will remove all public access to this information on its Web site.

This change will affect some heavily used Web applications. This includes KivaNet, the real estate ownership file, GIS maps and the Housing Court docket. Databases listing neighborhood organizations, board members and commission members also will be impacted.

Governor Matt Blunt has called a special session of the Missouri State Legislature to begin Sept. 6, at which he will ask lawmakers to consider removing the provision which prohibits state and local governments from posting this information on the Internet.

In the meantime, visitors who attempt to access this information on the City's Web site will find a disclaimer explaining the change at www.kcmo.org/kcmo.nsf/web/disclaimer.

    
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