Public Records Laws and Social Media Retention in

Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and Social Media

Social media records in Connecticut are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOI Act), which defines records as “any recorded data or information relating to the conduct of the public’s business…whether such data or information be handwritten, typed,…or recorded by any other method.”

State of Connecticut Social Media Policy

The Chief Information Officer for the State of Connecticut has issued specific guidance on managing social media records in Connecticut in line with the FOI Act. While the policy was created for state agencies, it demonstrates that Connecticut’s social media communication is considered a public record. Towns, cities, and other public agencies should consider adopting a similar policy that addresses records retention for compliance with the Connecticut FOI Act.


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