Friday, December 22, 2017

Evesham Councilman, wife sue MUA for failing to redact social security number from records disclosed under OPRA.

On December 21, 2017, a member of the Evesham Township (Burlington County) Council and his wife filed a pro-se lawsuit against the Evesham Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) and the Authority's records custodian for improperly releasing the Councilman's social security number in response to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.

In their lawsuit, Robert and Virginia DiEnna said that in December 2015 MUA records custodian Laura Puszcz released records that contained Robert's social security number in response to to Phillip Warren's OPRA request.  Councilman DiEnna said the MUA had his personal information because he was hired as an MUA employee in 2012.

The DiEnnas claimed that they did not become aware that Robert's social security number had been released until September 26, 2016.  They claimed that the disclosure of the social security number invaded their privacy and caused them emotional distress.

The DiEnnas' lawsuit is only a list of allegations. Nothing has been proven and the burden of proof remains on the DiEnnas.

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