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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Is a computer a "public record"?

See this interesting Nov. 27th opinion from the state Public Access Counselor, Luke Britt, wherein he responds to the questions:

  1. Is a computer and/or its hard drive and/or data storage medium, containing data, which consists of public records stored on that computer, etc., stored thereon as a result of City officials acting in the course of their office duties, in its physical self a public record;

  2. Is a web page, created by a City or its agent, posted and accessible to the public online, itself a public record;

  3. Did the City of Jasper, IN, violate the Access to Public Records Act when it destroyed the computer used by its ex-mayor Schmitt;

  4. Did the City of Jasper, IN, violate the Access to Public Records Act when it destroyed, apparently, numerous [amounts of content] of its formerly extant web pages?

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 5, 2013 09:37 AM
Posted to Indiana Government