I saw this story at a May 17, 2009, PI Buzz blog post (3rd paragraph) and thought I’d blog about it here given the strong (ish) public records laws in Oregon. The link is to a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press post.
Excerpt: “The names of individuals buried in a state cemetery are death records, the Nebraska Supreme Court said today, ruling that they must be released in accordance with the state’s open records law… . The court held that “HIPAA does not bar release of the information” and, in fact, “provides for release of information when required by state law.” As the records here were death records under Nebraska law, the court said, they must be released.” (link to full post)
(HIPAA = Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)