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California Agencies Can’t Bill for Electronic Records Search (1)

May 28, 2020, 6:52 PMUpdated: May 28, 2020, 8:14 PM

California public agencies are barred from shifting costs of removing exempt information from police body camera recordings and electronic records just as the state open records law prohibits such billing for redacting paper records, the state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

All California agencies keep electronic records and are affected by the long-awaited 7-0 ruling in the California Public Records Act case that requires they absorb expenses such as extracting footage from body cam footage, which is done to protect victims’ privacy rights. Cities and counties raised the labor cost burdens of editing footage as they receive increasing numbers of...

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