Home  |   About us  |   Partner with AWC  |   Login      


Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

Published on Friday, September 11, 2015

Supreme Court rules private cell phone records are subject to disclosure

On August 27, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that records on a public employee’s private cell phone may be subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act if the private device was used to conduct public business.

The ruling came after Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist only provided partial records of text messages from his private phone. The records included his private phone bill, which listed logs of calls of text messages that he acknowledged may be work-related. The content of the text messages was never provided.

In the ruling, the Court concluded that Lindquist’s private phone bills and call logs are not public records, but that his text messages are, if they pertain to public business.

To read the ruling, see here.