IRMS002-Paul Gibbons (FOI man) on the use of private e-mail accounts in UK government

Paul Gibbons is a Freedom of Information practitioner, and author of the  FOI Man blog.  He is @FoimanUK  on twitter.

In this discussion Paul discusses recent FOI case law around the use of private e-mail accounts by ministers and political staff in UK government.

Paul  discusses:

  • the Mrs Blurt case – where the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham ruled that e-mails sent by Education Secretary Michael Gove from a private account should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act
  • the ‘subtle differences’ between the guidance issued by the Information Commissioner and that of the Cabinet Office on the use of private e-mail accounts
  • the records management implications of the use of private e-mail accounts

The conversation between  James Lappin and Paul Gibbons took place on 23 September 2013.
The podcast is 20 minutes long.

The podcast is introduced by your hosts Heather Jack and James Lappin

List of things mentioned in the interview:

  • The ‘Mrs Blurt‘  case
  • Information Commissioner’s Guidance on official information held in private e-mail accounts

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