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adj. ~ 1. Kept secret within an authorized group. - 2. Not to be disclosed.


Confidential information may require restrictions on access to protect the rights of the parties involved.

(AJS, Records §29) Access to a document in the possession of a public official may properly be denied, in some instances, on the grounds that the information was received in confidence. But a person who sends a communication to a public officer relative to the public business cannot make his communication private and confidential simply by labeling it as such. The law determines its character – not the will of the sender.