From the Editorial Advisory Board: Open records

Submitted by NFOIC on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 9:00am

Colorado open records laws do little to regulate retention of government communications, such as those sent through messaging apps. Your take?

Have you ever heard of Confide, a messaging app that automatically deletes text messages once read? Neither have I. Turns out that at least 15 Colorado state legislators are currently using Confide to conduct official business and with our outdated Colorado Open Records Act law, it doesn’t appear that they are breaking the law. To make matters worse, local and state governmental agencies throughout Colorado are routinely destroying emails and texts that are public records, long before anyone might file a CORA request to find out what is really going on behind the curtain at city hall or the county offices. (Read more here...)