PII in RTI application responses

A number of responses to RTI applications are available to the broad public online. Often, these documents contain unredacted PII (such as name, phone number, address, email) etc.

  1. Are RTI application responses public communication by definition?
  2. If all RTI communication is public, does that mean we have to give up one right (privacy) to exercise another (access to information)?

This article from today’s edition of the hindu covers this very well (though if you load this in the webbrowser Iit would by itself evade your privacy :frowning_face: Probably buying the print would be better)

Using PO boxes and masked emails or mobile numbers seems the only way out currently…