Professors call for archives to be open

SIGNATURE DRIVE:A petition for the government to make archives more accessible has been signed by more than 400 people to date, including 94 professors of history

Taipei Times
Date:  Aug 13, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan Association of University Professors called for government records to be accessible for “reasonable use,” saying administrative arbitrariness and overinterpretation of the Personal Information Protection Act (個人資料保護法) have either made the Archives Act (檔案法) meaningless or violated it.

The truth about the past and transitional justice rely on an open government archive, but government agencies have excessive administrative discretion over whether the records should be made public, and regulations protecting personal information make information inacessible, the association said.    [FULL  STORY]

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