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Missouri governor's penchant for secrecy goes digital with messaging app that leaves no trace

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"I think it's fine if they want to use encrypted messaging apps on their own devices," he said, "so long as they are not using those apps to conduct public business."

The governor's use of Confide, and the legal questions it raises, is "just another example of how outdated and antiquated the state's Sunshine Law provisions are becoming," said Maneke, the Missouri Press Association attorney.

"The retention of records documenting acts of public officials in the conduct of public business is critical to ensuring that public business is conducted fairly and impartially," she said.

Public business being conducted on a secret messaging app, Maneke said, isn't that much different than a public board meeting in secret.

"If the latter is illegal," she said, "so is the former."


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