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2 officials differ on e-mails

May 13, 2008

2 officials differ on e-mails

Raleigh News and Observer, May 10, 2008

Have you ever wondered what would happen if an email you sent was ever disclosed to the public? This is what two Charlotte City officials are debating over. Attorney Mac McCarley believes city employee emails should be kept out of the public’s eye, as it creates too much disturbance and encourages employees to change their work habits in fear of their communication going across the wire. On the other hand, Mayor Pat McCrory favors automatically archiving state employee messages, as well as city-employee messages if the budget allows. According to McCrory, knowing that his emails may one day be revealed doesn’t bother him nor does it disrupt his work routine.

The reason for outside officials and citizens wanting to know the behind-the-door scoop? Simply stated, because they have every right to know.

“The state’s Public Records Law makes no distinction between electronic records such as e-mail and other types of documents. Under it, anyone can ask for a document without providing a reason. The goal: for the public to know what the officials who represent them do with their authority and with the public’s tax dollars.”

If you’re been reading our blogs, you’ll notice other entries that are similar to this one. With that said, it just goes to show that nothing is safe from anyone anymore. It seems as though we’re all beginning to worry about which documents are private and which ones are going to be broadcasted for the world to read. Whichever the case, be careful with what you send. You never know where it’ll end up.

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