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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Freedom of Information Requests via Twitter

While the Philippines contemplates [or has stopped contemplating], the merits of instituting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the UK rules that it will accept FOIA requests from citizens via Twitter.
Public authorities that use Twitter and other social networking sites must recognise that, like any other communication channel, they can be used to submit freedom of information requests provided the requester includes their real name, an address for correspondence and a description of the information requested,” the ICO spokesman said. “Whilst Twitter may not be the most effective channel for submitting an FOI request, it is important that authorities are setup to handle requests received in this way.
We are clearly being left behind by the times.


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