Our effort to protect your personal information has taken a new turn. We have been notified by the DOC that another outside entity is attempting to obtain your information through a Public Disclosure Request (PDR).
As you recall, the anti-union “Freedom Foundation” has already sought to obtain your information from the State. We temporarily stopped the release of that information through a preliminary injunction from a Thurston County Superior Court judge. On July 29, we will be back in court again seeking to make that injunction permanent.
Now, a dubious entity calling itself “Practigov” has made a similar attempt to get their hands on your information. Other than a few vague statements that exist on the Practigov website, our research and legal teams have been unable to find any public information about this group. In fact, the owners of Practigov.com use a service to shield their true identity.
Given the timing of the request, it appears likely that Practigov is a no more than a shady front for the Freedom Foundation, but whoever is ultimately behind this request, we will continue to act aggressively to protect you. This week, our legal counsel will be in Superior Court in an effort to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the State from releasing your information to Practigov.
We feel confident about our chances of getting a TRO. This request violates the intent of the Public Records Act which is to ensure open government for the citizens of the state, not to give some phony organization free rein to access the personal information of public safety professionals for some undisclosed purpose.
We will keep you updated as this case moves forward.
Thank you for everything that you do.
President and Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement