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Public Records Laws and Social Media Retention in

Kansas Open Records Act and Social Media

Kansas social media records are governed by the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA), which defines records as “any recorded information, regardless of form or characteristics, which is made, maintained or kept by or is in the possession of any public agency.” The act goes on to expressly state that “computer data is a ‘record’” and that records are not limited to written information. This means that photos and videos shared by public agencies on social media are included.

Kansas Social Media Records Management in Practice

In August 2015, the State of Kansas adopted an official social media policy that applies to all state agencies and employees in the executive branch. This policy clearly states that social media records in Kansas must comply with the public records retention requirements outlined in KORA. This policy serves as a model for all public agencies managing social media records in Kansas.

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