FOI responses which included the release of WhatsApp messages: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

This is a follow up request to a previous FOI response. Your ref: 202300348653

The response to the above referenced request includes this remark:

“The Scottish Government has previously released messaging exchanges in response to Freedom of Information requests.”

Please provide information held by the Scottish Government which substantiates the above remark.

In other words: please provide the FOI reference numbers for at least two responses which included the release of WhatsApp messages. And if those responses have not previously been published on the Scot Gov website, please include them in response to this request.


The reference numbers of two responses which include the release of messaging exchanges are: 202000014909 & 202200334747.

Officials in the FOI Unit were aware of these responses having provided case work advice. They were therefore easily found as examples. However, to ascertain further responses which have included such exchanges would require an official to check every FOI response the Scottish Government has issued.

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