Report recommends CO ban public officials’ use of encrypted, disappearing messaging apps for official business

Denver7: A new report published by the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (CFOIC) recommends the state ban public officials from using any encrypted or disappearing messaging apps when discussing official business. The findings come after state lawmakers sued the Colorado House of Representatives, alleging there were “pervasive violations” of the Colorado open meetings law during the 2023 legislative session.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Rep. Elisabeth Epps, D- District 6, and Rep. Bob Marshall, D- District 43. Marshall met with Denver7 on Monday and said the two are currently negotiating a solution for the lawsuit.

“Hopefully, we can just resolve it quietly out of court and move forward from there,” Rep. Marshall said. “Normally, we would file the preliminary injunction alongside the complaint. But we made the conscious choice not to do it in the hopes that we could resolve it without it.”

Visit Denver7 for more.

Subscribe to Our Blog