As state auditor, Nicole Galloway regularly focuses on Sunshine Law issues in state and local government, but during a recent audit of former Gov. Eric Greitens her office ignored possible Sunshine Law transgressions. In an interview with The Star newspaper, the state auditor said her office did not look at Greitens use of the self-destructing text message application Confide because of current litigation. Read more: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article237661859.html
As vanishing message apps, such as Snapchat, Wickr, WhatsApp, and Signal grow in popularity, businesses and attorneys must decide if they should allow use of the apps because the auto-delete functionality can trap companies in e-discovery disputes.
Read more: https://biglawbusiness.com/vanishing-messages-muddle-e-discovery-for-attorneys-judges
Vero Beach, Florida requires an annual lesson in open government laws at the City Council’s organizational meeting, but the recent presentation leaves out text messages and social meeting postings.
Read more: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/columnists/laurence-reisman/2019/11/22/yes-mr-vero-beach-city-attorney-texts-social-media-posts-public-records-too/4251920002/
The News-Journal and the First Amendment Foundation are sponsoring a seminar on Florida's open meetings and public record laws to in order to show the public that the Florida Sunshine Laws are there to protect everyone’s right to know.
Read more: https://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/20191110/pat-rice-let-sunshine-in-on-nov-22
Due to the increase in number of open records requests being made in Leander, TX, the City Council voted to hire an additional deputy city secretary. The new hire will assist with fulfilling open records requests. The public can request everything from contracts to text messages. This information falls under the Texas Public Information Act, meaning the public has the right to view it. Read more:https://communityimpact.com/austin/cedar-park-leander/government/2019/11/08/influx-in-open-records-requests-spurs-leander-to-hire-new-position-update-processes/
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