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Greitens says he has right to use app that erases traces of conversations

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File photo of Gov. Eric Greitens. (AP) File photo of Gov. Eric Greitens. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he and his staff have every right to use a phone app that permanently erases all traces of communication.  

It’s a response to a lawsuit filed last month that asked the court to order the governor stop using the app, saying it’s a violation of open records laws.

The governor said that’s not true and that if he is forced to stop using the app, then it’s a violation of his free speech.

If you look at the app’s website, it explains a “good use” of Confide would be anytime you’re sending an email or text you want to be off-the-record or confidential.

However, critics said that makes it impossible to know whether the governor and his staff are using it to conduct hidden state business, for personal reasons, or for campaign purposes.

Tomorrow, there’s a court hearing in Jefferson City, where a judge will rule on whether to impose an immediate injunction, at least temporarily banning the governor and his staff from using the app.  

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