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Section 552.137 CONFIDENTIALITY OF CERTAIN EMAIL ADDRESSES.
- Except as otherwise provided by this section, an email address of a member of the public that is provided for the purpose of communicating electronically with a governmental body is confidential and not subject to disclosure under this chapter.
- Confidential information described by this section that relates to a member of the public may be disclosed if the member of the public affirmatively consents to its release.
- Subsection (a) does not apply to an email address:
- provided to a governmental body by a person who has a contractual relationship with the governmental body or by the contractor's agent;
- provided to a governmental body by a vendor who seeks to contract with the governmental body or by the vendor 's agent;
- contained in a response to a request for bids or proposals, contained in a response to similar invitations soliciting offers or information relating to a potential contract, or provided to a governmental body in the course of negotiating the terms of a contract or potential contract; or
- provided to a governmental body on a letterhead, coversheet, printed document, or other document made available to the public. (d) Subsection (a) does not prevent a governmental body from disclosing an email address for any reason to another governmental body or to a federal agency.
Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 356, Sec. 1, eff. May 26, 2001.
Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1089, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2003.
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