South Carolina election commission permitted to withhold cybersecurity documents
After an uptick in public records requests, the agency confirmed with the state attorney general's office that it was within its rights to withhold certain sensitive information.
Chicago's open records lawsuits totaled more than 70,000 in 2016
An inordinate volume and volatility of unfulfilled open information requests in a single year underscores the role of federal leadership, specifically law enforcement transparency policies started by President Barack Obama.
Washington localities turn to text message archiving tool to comply with public records law
A group of cities and counties in the state are hoping a new software can help them better manage texts sent by government employees.
Nonprofit sues Chicago agency over police data release dispute
Thanks to a claim that a database of police calls for service contains sensitive information from the city's software provider, the Chicago Justice Project is heading to court.
Judge strikes down Calif. city's ,000 bill for release of police body camera videos
The ruling against Hayward, California, is prompting big questions about how government agencies in the state can charge for the release of public records.
Louisiana body camera footage disclosure bill moves to governor
The bill would shield police body camera footage from public disclosure if law enforcement believes it would "violate an individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy."
Seattle's release of smart meter documents prompts controversial legal battle
Landis+Gyr is now suing the city's utility agency and the public records website MuckRock, alleging Seattle's networks and its trade secrets are at risk.
Oklahoma bill to create central open records portal stalls due to IT concerns
The legislation to move all public records requests to an online portal is running out of time to make it to Gov. Mary Fallin.
Body camera bills explode in popularity among state lawmakers in 2015
State legislatures saw a massive increase in the number of bills introduced governing body cameras, particularly those relating to open records laws.