Sunday, March 5, 2017

California Supreme Court Says Emails And Texts on Officials' Private Accounts Are Public Records

NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/2 

California Supreme Court Says Emails And Texts on Officials' Private Accounts Are Public Records

Government employees in California cannot keep the public from seeing their work-related emails and texts sent on personal devices and through private accounts, the state's Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, closing a loophole that justices said could have allowed the "most sensitive and potentially damning" communications to be shielded.
With the ruling, California joins a growing list of states that treat public business done through private accounts as public records.

"This ruling is a model for giving government transparency laws meaning in the digital age," said Matthew Cagle, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which filed a brief in the case.
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