Pennsylvania lawmakers are on the verge of making a really poor decision.
Rep. Joe Hackett, R-Delaware, introduced a bill that would prevent 911 call centers from disclosing information about callers. The bill passed the house unanimously during this session and has moved to the senate but won’t be assigned to a committee there until the next session, according to an AP article.
On its face, the bill seems like a reasonable way to protect the privacy of 911 callers, and that is exactly what Hackett says it will do.
But let’s take a second to consider who uses 911 call center data and to what end.