A change made after Gov. Deval Patrick took office in 2007 has prevented the administration from collecting detailed information on incoming and outgoing cellphone calls and text messages.
That's according to a letter released Thursday by the secretary of state's office in response to a public records request for phone calls, emails and texts that Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray may have sent or received from his cellphone when the car he was driving crashed last November.
Deputy Chief Counsel Abim Thomas told public records officials that the executive department used to obtain detailed invoices on cellphone calls and text messages.
After the 2007 change, the administration now only receives invoices that show overall usage information for each billing period.
An aide to Patrick did not immediately have a comment on the change.
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