Databases as Public Records

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist State Agencies when responding to public records requests when the requested public records are contained in an electronic database. These guidelines are general in nature, they are not intended to address all the various issues that can arise in responding to such requests, and they are based on Ohio’s public records laws as of December 2001. Specific questions on an agency’s obligations and responsibilities in responding to public records requests should be addressed to in-house counsel or to the Office of the Attorney General.

Download⇒ Databases as Public Records Guidelines (2002 – PDF)