E-Mail, Public Documents Get Erased, Disappear

Source: Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, July 14, 2008

A 50-state survey by the Associated Press of government e-mail retention earlier this year found a wide variety of laws and practices, with the vast majority of states officially treating e-mail like printed documents. But most of the states with e-mail laws allow officials to choose which ones to turn over in Freedom of Information requests and to decide on their own when e-mail records are deleted.

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