SC: County auditor files legal complaint against county, treasurer over release of personal records

Erin Heffernan reports:

A top Beaufort County elected official filed a legal complaint this week claiming the county and its treasurer compromised his family’s privacy by releasing personal information to a political adversary.

Beaufort County Auditor Jim Beckert filed the complaint Sept. 29 in Beaufort County Common Pleas Court against both Beaufort County and County Treasurer Maria Walls claiming Walls was sent his personnel file which included his family’s social security numbers, dates of birth and driver’s license numbers.

The complaint claims that Walls was sent the information after she filed a public information request to the county for the file on Aug. 5 under the Freedom of Information Act, which allows the public to request documents from public bodies.

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