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Public Records Laws and Social Media Retention in

Wyoming Public Records Act and Social Media

The Wyoming Public Records Act requires that government agencies preserve public records “whether in paper, electronic, or other physical form.” Therefore, Social media records in Wyoming qualify as public records under the law.

Guidance from the Wyoming State Archives

The Wyoming State Archives is responsible for collecting, managing, and preserving public records from Wyoming agencies. In a document providing guidelines for Wyoming records officers, the State Archives clarified that “electronic records” include social media content. This guidance suggests that the Wyoming Public Records Act governs social media records in Wyoming.

Wyoming Social Media Records Management in Practice

The City of Cody, Wyoming, implemented a Social Media Access and Acceptable Use Policy that provides comprehensive guidelines for city use of social media. The policy clearly states that “posts to social media platforms are to be considered a public record” and are therefore subject to comply with Wyoming Public Records Act requirements. The City of Cody provides a clear example of how to handle social media records in Wyoming.


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