This month from the What Do They Know website:
Dear Bristol City Council, I’ve seen evidence that the mayor’s office are using Whatsapp for council business, despite the guidance on doing so.
This information falls under the parameters of the Freedom of Information Act and must be disclosed.
Please provide all Whatsapp messages sent between chief of staff to the Mayor of Bristol as an employee of Bristol City Council and all paid staff of Goram Homes, and directors of Goram Homes. I would like to see all Whatsapp messages for the last two months.
I remind the council that ALL whatsapp messages are subject to the Act whether from Council-owned phones and phone numbers, or personal phones and phone numbers if the business relates to Council.
As I have seen evidence that Whatsapp is being used I don’t expect a reply saying this information isn’t held.
Yours faithfully –
And the response …
Freedom of Information Act 2000
This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Bristol City Council does not hold information falling within the scope of your request.
Your case has been closed as of today’s date.