“Group Backs Challenge to Marsy’s Law” – News Service of Florida

May 17 2021 First Amendment and journalism groups want to weigh in if the Florida Supreme Court takes up a case that could help shield the identities of law-enforcement officers involved in use-of-force incidents. The Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the […]

“Years after a spate of questionable Utah in-custody deaths, Utah jail operating standards are now public records” – Salt Lake Tribune

April 2 2021 The public may get a complete look at Utah jail operating standards for the first time, now that the American Civil Liberties Union and the Disability Law Center have won their lawsuit against the Davis County jail. Utah’s ACLU and the law center sued the jail in 2018, after the groups filed […]

“Biden’s executive order faces challenges trying to beef up US cybersecurity” – Tech Republic

May 13 2021 Alarmed by recent cyberattacks involving SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange and now Colonial Pipeline, the White House is taking action to try to shore up the cyber defenses of the United States. On Wednesday, President Biden signed an executive order that aims to strengthen the nation’s ability to prevent and respond to cyberattacks that […]

“Appeal filed in lawsuit over Eric Greitens’ use of self-destructing text message app” – Missouri Independent

April 5 2021 A lawsuit alleging former Gov. Eric Greitens illegally destroyed public records during his time in office by using a self-destructing text messaging app is on its way to Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals. The appeal, filed last week by Mark Pedroli of the Sunshine and Government Accountability Project, is the latest […]

“Status Of Proposed CCPA-Like State Privacy Legislation As Of May 3, 2021” – JDSUPRA

To date, state lawmakers have introduced bills in 26 states. Multiple bills were introduced in Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and Washington. One state (Virginia) has passed legislation whereas the bills in ten states (Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia) have failed. See more here: […]

“Officials use digital dodges to hide public records” – David Armiak, Wisconsin State Journal

May 3 2021 This editorial in the Wisconsin State Journal focuses on a disturbing practice that allows state governments, higher education, and other organizations to use private portals in order to avoid open-record requests. This reveals that the trend toward using digital dodges to evade open records law extends beyond university settings, which were the […]

“Bill To Crack Down On Car Warranty Scams In Texas Is A Blow To Transparency, Critics Say” – Houston Public Media

April 26 2021 A bill in the Texas legislature aimed at protecting drivers’ privacy has public records experts worried it would instead limit legitimate access to public information. Supporters of Senate Bill 15 say it’s necessary to crack down on robocallers running car warranty scams. But John Collins, a Dallas-based attorney for PublicData.com, said the bill […]

CCPA-Like Legislation News Spring 2021

Here are a few articles connected to the California Consumer Privacy Act – Like legislation that has been happening in Spring of 2021. Article 1: Status of Proposed CCPA-like State Privacy Legislation JD Supra April 12 2021 This spring 2021 legislative session has been extremely busy for the consumer privacy act. To date, state lawmakers […]

Texas Legislature considering bill to make it harder to get public information about government employees

Anna Canizales – Texas Tribune – April 20 2021 Lawmakers are considering a bill that would restrict state agencies from sharing salary data and other typically public information about government employees with the public in a bill that experts say is overly broad. Senate Bill 16, filed by state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, would require […]

1st DCA rules Marsy’s Law privacy applies to police, shielding officer in Tony McDade case

By Jeff Berlew Tallahassee Democrat April 6, 2021 In a major decision that could have sweeping implications in police use-of-force cases, a Florida appellate court ruled that Marsy’s Law privacy protections apply to law enforcement officers. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal on Tuesday unanimously reversed an earlier decision by Leon […]