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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Law - Use of private or secret email accounts by government officials to avoid public access

The ILB posted in January about private email accounts being used by state officials in New Jersey to circumvent public records laws, and in February about Gov. Scott Walker and a secret email system.

Yesterday Tim Cushing at TechDirt reported under the heading "DC Circuit Court Tells District Officials They Can No Longer Hide From FOIA Requests By Using Personal Email Accounts," that begins:

With the FOIA process increasingly being routed through courtrooms, it's refreshing to see a court stand up and tell public officials to stop trying to find ways to be less transparent. The DC circuit court recently issued a ruling that shuts down a potential opacity loophole for public officials: the use of personal email accounts.
A copy of the ruling is included.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 31, 2014 10:27 AM
Posted to General Law Related