David Kuehn replied to the topic Should name and email be required to attend a public meeting? in the forum Forum Discussions 8 years, 2 months ago
I agree with Patrick. State open meeting laws frequently provide for access without providing personally identifiable information. Providing identification can have a chilling effect on participation. In other countries, governments use registration to track and limit the power of opposition.
There may be other needs that limit open access and require careful balance. As Alicia notes, government buildings may have security that requires presentation of identification to enter. Agencies can avoid or mitigate security requirements by holding meetings in venues with greater access or ensuring that the information collected for security is not associated with the meeting and is destroyed on a regular schedule.
Similarly virtual meetings or online registration may require providing some types of information. Where people do not want to provide personally identifiable information, systems could assign unique identifiers (like reservation codes provided by airlines) for people who do not wish to provide their name.
Of course, as many people noted, members of the public may wish to provide or benefit by providing their name or contact information in order to receive additional information.
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