California Supreme Court: Public Agencies May Need to Disclose Government Communications on Private Devices

On March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that electronic communications related to public business may be subject to disclosure by state and local agencies under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) – even if those communications are stored solely on a personal, private device.

In light of this ruling, it is important for public agencies and private entities doing business with public agencies to understand that communications transmitted using personal devices may be subject to public disclosure.

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