Friday, June 01, 2012

California proposal would allow state workers to delete government emails

"This is how the California Public Records Act defines a public record: "(A)ny writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public's business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics."

State law requires the government to retain public records for two years and then only destroy them after a legal review and determination that they no longer have any purpose or reliance, a fairly high standard.

Seems pretty simple, right? Anything written down is a public record and the government has to keep it around. That includes records that may be exempt from disclosure to the public -- a bureaucratic way of saying censorship -- but can't be thrown away either."

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