Officials downplay computer error that hid records
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PHOENIX (AP) - State and county officials have generally downplayed the significance of a computer glitch at Arizona's child-welfare agency that kept some public records hidden for more than 15 years.
The Arizona Republic reports that eights requests for information about Child Protective Services cases were made Monday as more than 30,000 people were notified that they may not have received all the documents to which they were entitled under state law.
The withheld information could include details of Child Abuse Hotline reports, services provided to the family and case notes from CPS workers.
The missing records could prompt attorneys to reopen child-dependency, civil or criminal cases if it can be shown the information would have changed the outcome.
The problem was discovered in June during a review of public-disclosure practices.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com
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