Q&A: Email and cookie records

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From the New Albany Tribune:

Q: A school superintendent is willing to meet with me to talk about why I think something should be public. He would like to see the Indiana Code proving my point. What codes would require these things to be public:

• Email messages from the school chief financial officer?

• Cookies from the CFO’s computer? 

A: The right to inspect public records is found at I.C. 5-14-3-3. They have to point to subject matter under I.C. 5-14-3-4 that allows them to keep records confidential.

Email and cookie files fall under definition of public record. See I.C. 5-14-3-2(n).

You can remind them that the intent is openness. See I.C. 5-14-3-1.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.

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