Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Law, all state, county and municipal records, except those specifically exempt from being open to inspection by the general public, shall be open for a personal inspection by any citizen of this state at a reasonable time and place.
The individual in control of the records has a reasonable time (i.e., up to 3 business days) to determine whether or not the records requested are subject to access under the law.
Example of records not subject to public disclosure:
- Social Security numbers, home phone numbers, home addresses and insurance or medical information;
- Performance evaluation records;
- Medical records, the disclosure of which would be an invasion of personal privacy;
- Confidential evaluations or references submitted in connection with the appointment or hiring of a public officer or employee;
- Materials obtained in investigations related to the suspension, firing or investigation of complaints against public officers or employees until 10 days after the same has been presented to the board or an officer for action or the investigation is otherwise concluded; and
- Certain student records defined in the Buckley Amendment. (See 20 USCA 1231g (b) (1))
The right of privacy extends only to freedom from unnecessary public scrutiny. The right of privacy does not protect a legitimate inquiry into the operation of a government and those employed by it.
Performance evaluations shall not be transferred to another employer or potential employer, unless authorized in writing by the person who was evaluated. These records are confidential.