Does AG ruling give officials a private message escape clause?

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun

Public officials can’t hide evidence of their official activities through texts and social media posts made from their personal cell phones, Attorney General Mark Brnovich has concluded.

In a formal legal opinion issued late Friday, Brnovich said there is a “duty” of those who conduct official business on their own devices to record them for preservation. Ditto, he said, of messages sent through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

But Brnovich provides what could be an escape clause for elected officials and others seeking to hide what they do.




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