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Social Media and Colorado’s Sunshine Law

Social media makes it easy for any state or local government body with advisory, policy-making, or rule-making authority to discuss matters before them.  The problem is if these social media accounts are private and not accessible to the public then it is a violation of Colorado Sunshine laws.

Sharing is caring under Colorado’s Sunshine law.

The public policy for the state of Colorado set out in the Colorado Revised Statutes is “that the formation of public policy is public business and may not be conducted in secret.”  Colo. Rev. Stat. §24-6-401.  That seems like a pretty good goal — governmental transparency is a theme of this blog.

What makes social media dangerous to Sunshine laws is that it can be made private and very difficult to find out the contents of the conversations.

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