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Not every government e-mail is public record

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A Florida newspaper requested copies of all e-mails sent and received by two city workers. The city gave up only e-mail related to their government work. The newspaper sued to obtain all their e-mail messages, but a court sided with the city. It said the newspaper wasn't entitled to every e-mail stored on the city's computer network. Only e-mails that dealt with "official agency business" were truly public records, the court said. Personal e-mails fall outside the definition. (State of Florida v. City of Clearwater; Times Publishing Co. v. City of Clearwater, No. SC02-1694, Fla. Sup.Ct., 2003)

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