Opinion Letter No. 94-16
September 2, 1994
Confidential Records May Be Disclosed to Maui County Council
The OIP provided the Finance Committee of the Maui
County Council with general guidance
concerning whether records that are otherwise confidential under
the UIPA may be disclosed to the
Maui County Council, or council committees.
The UIPA restricts the inter-agency disclosure of
otherwise confidential government records. However, the OIP instructed
the Maui County Council that under section 92F-19(a)(8), Hawaii
Revised Statutes, a Maui County agency may disclose otherwise confidential
government records to the Maui County Council or a committee, unless
the records in question are protected from disclosure by specific
State statutes. The Maui County Council is under the same restrictions
as the agency disclosing the records.
The UIPA’s restrictions on the inter-agency
disclosure of confidential records were intended to make government
accountable to individuals in the collection and dissemination of
information about them.