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ICO States Authorities with Social Media Profiles Should Not Complain About Public Access to Info

The Information Commissioner’s Office has stated that public authorities who maintain profiles on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook cannot complain or lodge protests in case citizens want to exercise their freedom of information rights using these sites.

Christopher Graham-- the Information Commissioner made this statement at the Right to Know event hosted by Saskatchewan in Canada. He also said that public bodies who claim to be honest, and often raise their voices in favor of transparency in the system, should not shy away when citizens ask for information from them.

"Public authorities using Twitter and Facebook to engage with citizens cannot complain when citizens use the same new media to submit freedom of information requests," said Graham sat the event, as reported (opens in new tab) by The Inquirer.

He also emphasised how the success of Internet technologies has brought new challenges and opportunities as far as rights to information and rights to privacy are concerned.

He also gave examples of whistleblowing sites WikiLeaks, as well as the controversies surrounding big brands such as Google, Facebook and Apple and their alleged lack of interest in securing users’ privacy.