In a case dealing with governmental digital record-keeping under the state’s Right-to-Know Law, the Commonwealth Court ruled a request for emails between a county government and four different agencies was not specific enough because it did not include a time frame for the request or specific email addresses and included subject terms that were “incredibly broad.”

Montgomery County v. Iverson raised the question of whether a government agency had to upgrade its systems to enable a computerized search and whether requiring more specific search terms to narrow large-scale computer information searches violated the RTKL’s ban on forcing a requestor to identify the reason for his request.

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