Policy and guidance on mobile messaging apps: FOI release

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

Information requested

You asked for the first draft of this Mobile Messaging Apps policy.


Please also send me all subsequent drafts, including requests for changes or annotations from ministers or officials, which contributed to the final draft.

Please also tell me:

  • Who requested the policy?
  • When was the policy requested?
  • Please send me all correspondence from the ministers and officials who requested and drafted this policy explaining its rationale, purpose and intent.


Please see the link to the published version 2.1.

Mobile messaging apps - usage and policy: guidance - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Version 1 included with this response was a very early fact finding draft that was never published.

Version 2 included with this response was the first substantial draft.

Please note no Ministers contributed to the final draft so there is no associated correspondence.

The policy was requested by the Scottish Government Executive Team as an action point from their meeting on 15 June 2021. Officials were asked to “consider whether further guidance is required on the use of Whatsapp for government business”.

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Phone: 0300 244 4000

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