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Current Trends in Public Records

OnDemand Webinar (60 minutes)

Understand the current trends dealing with public records and the laws surrounding the Freedom of Information Act.What's currently trending in public records law? Do I have a right to that police body camera video showing someone being beaten? How about the mug shot of that celebrity who got arrested? Whether and when electronic communications such as these, and emails, text messages, social media posts and Tweets™ are subject to public records laws is a confusing and challenging question for public officials and journalists alike. Learn when such electronic communications must be disclosed and when they may remain confidential. The topic discusses the pitfalls to be avoided by public bodies dealing with confidential communications, as well as by citizens seeking access to an open government. Understand current trends nationally so that you can keep pace with this timely and dynamic topic.


Mary Ellen Roy, Phelps Dunbar LLP Dan Zimmerman, Phelps Dunbar LLP


Subject Areas

• Police Dash-Cam and Body-Camera Video

• Text Messages

• New Apps That Make Messages Disappear

• Social Media

• Tweets

• Mug Shots

• Public-Private Partnership Records

• Private Entities Doing Public Work

• Web-Browsing History

• Prison Sexual-Assault Records

• Death Penalty Drug Suppliers

• Witnesses to Crimes

• 911 Call Recordings and Transcripts

• Metadata

• Autopsy Photographs

• License Plate Reader Data

Other Issues

• Document Dumps

• "Reverse Public Records" Lawsuits

• Arresting Records Requestors

• Indicting Records Responders