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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance ICO—Recognising a request made under the Freedom of Information Act (Section 8) has a section on handling requests submitted via social media. It states that requests for information to social media accounts operated by public authorities will be valid, provided that they meet the criteria in section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000).
FIA 2000, s 8 states that for the purpose of the Act, a ‘request for information’ is a reference to a request which:
is in writing
states the name of the applicant/requester and provide an address for correspondence, and
describes the information requested
Under FIA 2000, s 8(2), a request is treated as made ‘in writing’ where the text of the request is:
transmitted by electronic means
received in legible form, and
capable of being used for subsequent reference
The ICO guidance confirms that the term ‘in writing’ includes requests sent via social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
The ICO guidance indicates that for a request to be valid, the requester must provide enough of their real name to give anyone reading it a reasonable indication of their identity. If the person processing the request cannot identify the r
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