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

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 Press and the […]

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

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 open records request […]

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

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 threaten vital assets […]

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

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 twist in a […]

“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: […]

“Big Ten presidents kept return-to-school, football communications out of public eye” – Washington Post

The Big Ten portal, which uses Nasdaq Boardvantage’s software, allows users to communicate with one another, share meeting materials and view documents — but the school presidents value it at least in part because they see it as exempt from open-records laws. See more here: “Big Ten presidents kept return-to-school, football communications out of public […]

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

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 focus of a […]

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

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 would hurt businesses, […]