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White House Announces New Transparency Policy for Visitor Logs

Today the White House announced a new policy to release the records of White House visitors, an initiative that is intended to promote open government. The White House will release information on all individuals who come to the White House for an appointment, a tour, or to conduct official business, with certain exceptions for confidential or particularly sensitive meetings. The White House agreed not to release visitors' personal information, such as dates of birth, social security numbers, or contact phone numbers. However, the White House will release the names of tourists and other visitors who are not meeting with government officials, which raises privacy questions. For more information, see EPIC's Open Government page.

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