Public Officials Not Required to Disclose Private Communications
March 28, 2014
Under the Public Records Act, public officials and employees do not have to make public any communications sent or received on their personal devices using private accounts, a court ruled yesterday.
Those messages - voicemails, emails, and texts - concerned city business but were not stored on city servers and were not directly accessible by the city.
The California Court of Appeal ruled that disclosure was not required by the Public Records Act as the statute is currently written.
If you have questions, or would like more information on how this ruling may affect your agency and projects, please contact Gena Stinnett at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any member of our Public Law Domain Practice.
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