Government Email: Public or Private Record?

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The explosion of information held by government agencies presents unique and growing challenges to those that must administer the public's access to government records. Questions persist about the scope of the government's duties in maintaining and producing electronically stored information. Particularly thorny questions arise in the area of personal email accounts. May government officials use their private accounts to communicate about government business? What circumstances will cause an email to cross the line between public and private? What duties does the government have to protect the privacy of email sender? What duties do government officers have to preserve emails and what are the consequences of deleting emails?


This topic will analyze these and other problems posed when government officials use private email. It will provide case studies demonstrating the risks of private email and illustrating when otherwise private communications cross the line and become public records that must be publicly disclosed.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Mark J. Crandley

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

  • Partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of municipal litigation and appeals
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous areas of government law, including access to public records, civil rights, utilities, environmental regulation and civil litigation
  • Member of the Indiana bar since 2000 and admitted in the Second, Third, Sixth and Seventh Circuits, United States Supreme Court
  • Graduate, summa cum laude, Indiana University
  • Can be contacted at 317-261-7924, or on Twitter® @mcrandley

Relevant Government Agencies

Other Federal Agencies, Federal Government

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Tue, Jul 17, 2018, 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET


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