e-Discovery California: State & Local Governments get the “Message”

J0428606 In the, "We've finally figured out that emails, texts and voice mails are in the public-domain." department, state and local governments are taking steps to limit the use of electronic devices during official sessions.

This article is of interest because such a policy is now being proposed in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The California Assembly is also considering a similar rule.

Are politicians doing so out of the kindness of their hearts?  Hardly.  They're responding because public watchdogs are filing lawsuits seeking access to these messages under the California Public Records Act.  And they're not just limiting their requests to public devices; they're going after personal PDAs and laptops as well.

One more step in the continuing game of leapfrog between the limits of individual privacy and the public's right to know…