Electronic messages and files are treated the same as paper files and documents under Oregon’s Public Records law. ORS 192.410(4)(a). Whether the message is a public record or exempt from disclosure depends on its content.

Electronic communications are also treated the same as paper records in terms of retention. State guidelines require routine back-up and periodic copying or migration to new hardware or software systems to appropriately retain such records. Attorney General’s Manual, I, C, (1).