A public record includes “electronic or computer-based information,” Ark. Code Ann. § 25-19-103(5)(A), so the state open records law encompasses e-mail. Ark. Op. Att’y Gen. No. 2001-305. This opinion was issued by the attorney general prior to a 2001 legislative amendment revising the statutory definition to include this information, since the act was meant to include “data compilations in any form.” Ark. Op. Att’y Gen. Nos. 2000-096, 99-018 (electronically stored e-mail is public record).
Additionally, it is the content of a record, not its medium of storage (paper or electronic,) that dictates its retention disposition under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Chapter 3, § 3.05[f], and Chapter 7, § 7.02.