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Linked – Mecklenburg County can’t provide texts, despite records law

It’s easy to claim text messages and other mobile communications are part of the official record, but again we see that actually preserving and collecting them, isn’t always so simply.

“North Carolina law is clear: Text messages exchanged by government workers are public records.

But Mecklenburg County doesn’t retain texts from county cellphones and officials’ personal devices – a practice that likely destroys public records in violation of state law. “

Then again, if you don’t budget or plan a way to actually do it, you find yourself with little sympathy, and at the wrong end of a lawsuit.


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