Jun 092012
 
 June 9, 2012  Court

Jeff D. Gorman reports:

Teachers who were promised confidentiality during an investigation by the New York City Board of Education into Communist Party in the 1940s are still entitled to privacy, the New York Court of Appeals ruled.

Historian Lisa Harbatkin asked the New York City Department of Records and Information Services for unredacted transcripts of the interviews, which were conducted between 1936 and 1962.

The investigation generated around 1,100 interviews, in which the interviewer would generally tell the employee that their discussion was a “matter of strict confidence” and that “there has been and will be no publicity given to the fact that you and I are having this discussion.”

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