SPIEGEL International: The European Commission Deletes Mass Amounts of Emails and Doesn’t Archive Chats

SPIEGEL International: The European Commission Deletes Mass Amounts of Emails and Doesn’t Archive Chats. “Each month, the European Commission deletes several thousand emails and texts, and WhatsApp messages are not archived at all. Now, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is, once again, facing uncomfortable questions about allegedly deleted text messages. An expert describes the practices as legally ‘questionable.’”

State Archives of North Carolina: Imaging Unit Digitizes Land Grant Microfilm for NC Historical Records Online

State Archives of North Carolina: Imaging Unit Digitizes Land Grant Microfilm for NC Historical Records Online. “The Imaging Unit has been hard at work digitizing microfilm of land grant loose documents for NC Historical Records Online, a nonprofit run website that provides public access to images of original records and other relevant information for North Carolina historical and genealogical research. The site has now met the half million mark for the number of images uploaded and available.”

US Census Bureau: How You Can Leverage Census Bureau’s New Building Permit Visualization Tool

US Census Bureau: How You Can Leverage Census Bureau’s New Building Permit Visualization Tool. “The Census Bureau’s new visualization and extraction tool empowers users to engage this rich, sub county-level source of information about the critical first step in construction – the building permit. This webinar will demonstrate how anyone – academic researchers, builders, contractors, mainstream media – can engage this tool to understand building permit trends across one or multiple markets.”

Politico: Wrangling over Jan. 6 footage could force open congressional records

Politico: Wrangling over Jan. 6 footage could force open congressional records. “Past efforts to use the courts to force disclosure of congressional records like the videos have gotten little traction, but the Jan. 6-related case seizes on an opinion a D.C. Circuit judge issued in June. The new legal fight has the potential to set a new precedent for what kinds of information Congress must disclose, and when — and is squarely aimed at upending decades of law that shielded the institution from public scrutiny.”

Appeals court: Senate, Cyber Ninjas must produce ‘audit’ records immediately (Arizona Mirror)

Arizona Mirror: Appeals court: Senate, Cyber Ninjas must produce ‘audit’ records immediately. “The state Senate can’t duck Arizona’s public records law because some records were created by and are in possession of Cyber Ninjas, the company that GOP legislative leaders hired to conduct a so-called ‘audit’ of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. That means the Senate must immediately turn over a bevy of documents requested by American Oversight, a liberal watchdog organization.”

Lawsuit: Iowa governor’s office violating open records law (AP)

AP: Lawsuit: Iowa governor’s office violating open records law. “Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office is illegally delaying the release of public records related to its $26 million, no-bid coronavirus testing contract, a new lawsuit contends. Reynolds and her office’s public records custodian, attorney Michael Boal, are the latest officials to be accused of violating open records laws by a Utah-based company investigating testing programs in several states.”

WRAL: NC town accused of hiding discriminatory billing by burying thousands of records in a field

WRAL: NC town accused of hiding discriminatory billing by burying thousands of records in a field. “Some town leaders are suing the town, accusing them of burying the documents to hide a history of racially discriminatory billing practices. Whether or not the town is hiding a dark past, the buried documents pose a security risk, with personal information and even social security numbers clearly visible on the unearthed paper.”

NextGov: NARA Plans to Expand Access to Digital Records Over the Next 5 Years

NextGov: NARA Plans to Expand Access to Digital Records Over the Next 5 Years. “The National Archives and Records Administration released its draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan with a heavy focus on maximizing the use and availability of digital records. By the end of this year, NARA will only be accepting electronic records from federal agencies. But that digital revolution will mean big changes for NARA, too, and the agency is working on a strategic plan to continue that evolution through 2026.”

The Conversation: Secret history: the release of the Mountbatten archives and the fight to access royal diaries

The Conversation: Secret history: the release of the Mountbatten archives and the fight to access royal diaries. “An immense trove of the most important royal historical material for decades has quietly been released in the United Kingdom. These are the diaries of Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife Lady Edwina, from the 1920s until 1968…. But the release of this material doesn’t just shed light on the royal family. It again highlights the significant barriers to accessing our history; specifically, the claimed ‘convention of royal secrecy’ that imposes strict secrecy over royal communications across the Commonwealth nations.”

Learning from disaster: Across Tohoku, a race is on to preserve vital records (Japan Times)

Japan Times: Learning from disaster: Across Tohoku, a race is on to preserve vital records. “In a public facility run by the town of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture, located in a designated no-go zone, stacks of cardboard boxes slowly gather dust. The boxes are filled with public documents detailing the March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the evacuation that followed — outlining the ordeal Okuma and its residents have been through over the past decade.”

Missouri Supreme Court: State can’t charge attorney fees for Sunshine Law requests (Missouri Independent)

Missouri Independent: Missouri Supreme Court: State can’t charge attorney fees for Sunshine Law requests. “In a win for transparency advocates, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that government agencies cannot charge for time attorneys spend reviewing public records that are requested under the state’s Sunshine Law. In a 6-0 decision, the judges ruled that a lower court erred by siding with Gov. Mike Parson in a lawsuit alleging his office improperly redacted records, charged exorbitant fees and knowingly and purposely violated the state’s open records law.”

KTLA: Judge orders LASD to turn over misconduct, deputy shooting records after L.A. Times’ lawsuit

KTLA: Judge orders LASD to turn over misconduct, deputy shooting records after L.A. Times’ lawsuit. “A judge ordered the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to promptly turn over records on thousands of cases of deputy misconduct and on-duty shootings after finding the agency had failed repeatedly to honor a public records request filed by The Times.”

Roll Call: Pentagon renews effort to withhold more unclassified records

Roll Call: Pentagon renews effort to withhold more unclassified records. “Pentagon leaders are asking Congress to expand the kinds of unclassified information about military operations that the department can withhold from the public, continuing what has been an annual tradition for seven years and spanning three administrations. Officials with the Pentagon general counsel’s office are requesting that the Armed Services committees, in writing the fiscal 2022 defense authorization bill, prescribe changes to the Freedom of Information Act that would limit public access to certain data.”

Creating Records At Home, Part III: Various Devices (The Texas Record)

The Texas Record: Creating Records At Home, Part III: Various Devices. “Previously, we discussed Creating Records at Home, Part I: Microsoft Teams and Part 2: Zoom. In this article, we’re going to discuss the hypothetical situation of a records manager’s worst nightmare come true: employees creating records outside of the office’s network. A best practice for efficient managers is to analyze hypothetical risk to know how to prevent and address the risk if it were to ever occur.”