A Lobbyist Registry is an accountability and transparency tool. The Registry provides formal tracking of lobbyists and their meetings with Council and Senior Management Teams, with the tracking data made available for public inspection.
Lobbyist Registry features:
- Lobbyist application
- User roles and management
- E-mail notifications
- Public search function
The lobbyist registry collects personal information of lobbyist registry, as well as username and passwords.It was recommended to the City of Hamilton to implement encrypted communication.
This recommendation was implemented using the Drupal Secure pages and SSL/HTTP certificates. This recommendation was made to the City of Hamilton based on OpenPlus’ security risk evaluation that reviews data transmission, content of the data, and impact of a security breach.
The front-end offers the Lobbyists a clean and clear user interface that shows their profile and all of their subject matters – which includes any that are under review / not published. Active / published subject matters may be modified but only specific fields which do not alter the nature of the lobbying activities.
To support transparency, the front-end interface provides citizens to anonymously search the registry for lobbying activities by keywords such as names, category or by date.