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Los Angeles plans to shift records from software to Google

The Los Angeles City Council will decide whether to shift e-mails and other public records from its antiquated records retention software to a Google service which experts say could improve public access. The police department is concerned that sensitive arrest records would not be secure in the event of the shift. -DB Los Angeles Times July 17, 2009 By David Zahniser and Phil Willon Frustrated by a slow and antiquated computer system, the city of Los

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A&A: Can An Agency Charge Fees for Inspecting Public Records?

Q: I am inquiring whether agencies can charge you to inspect e-mails or get copies of e-mails based on Government Code section 6253.9(b)?  Are they allowed to use rule of cost to construct a record, and the cost of programming and computer services necessary to produce a copy of the record, for the charging of e-mails either to inspect them or get copies of them? A: Yes, fees may be charged for obtaining a copy an

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Gmail Nation: The Privatization of Public Records and Public Access

By DAVID SNYDER—The California Supreme Court ruled last month that records stored on government officials’ personal email accounts are subject to the California Public Records Act. This answer seems obvious: government officials should not be able to conceal otherwise public records by simply using Gmail. And yet the law has been surprisingly slow to recognize this principle. Private email accounts have been in widespread use for almost two decades now, and we know that for

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CPRA Primer: Access to records

RESOURCES ACCESS TO RECORDS Accessing Public Records IN CALIFORNIA California Public Records Act Primer Note: As of January 1, 2023, the California Public Records Act has been renumbered. References and links in this guide are to the state code prior to this change. The CPRA is now located at Government Code sections 7920.000-7931.000. The California Law Revision Commission has published a table showing how previous sections of the CPRA have been renumbered. This primer will be updated in

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A&A: Agency won’t provide records in electronic format

Q: In response to our public records request for electronic data, public agencies have refused to release data in Excel format. They have instead given us pdfs or hard copies. Their reasons are vague, ranging from concerns we will manipulate the data to saying it’s not their policy to release data in that format. I recently received a raft of paper in the mail, clearly copies of spreadsheets. The county counsel said, “The District’s policy

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