Councilman calling for Philly e-mail investigation

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 Councilman David Oh says the Office of Information Technology is blocking important emails to his city account. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Councilman David Oh says the Office of Information Technology is blocking important emails to his city account. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

E-mail addresses blocked by the IT department for Philadelphia city government are drawing ire from one city councilman. 

CIty Councilman David Oh is upset the Office of Information Technology is blocking email addresses and leaving him and others in the dark about it.

“Unfortunately it has come to my attention over the years,  that the city’s process is to basically have an approved list,” Oh said.  “If you are not on the approved list the e-mails I send or are sent to me don’t make it to my desk or who I send it to but I am not notified about it.”

The councilman says that means he hasn’t been receiving key e-mails to his city account.

“Among the entities not on the approved list are a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, the Metro Newspaper and the entire country of South Korea,” he said.

Oh says he has had some people added to the city list of approved senders, but calls that system too cumbersome and time-consuming.

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