State v. City of Clearwater, 863 So.2d 149 (Fla. 2003)

Key Insight: City employees? personal email not subject to disclosure under public records law because it fell outside the state’s statutory definition of public records; mere placement of such email on government-owned computer system does not transform such email into a “public record”

Nature of Case: Suit by newspaper to access city employees’ emails under public records law; issue was certified to Florida Supreme Court as “question of great public importance”

Electronic Data Involved: Personal email stored on government-owned computers

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