Stainless steel: Appberichten directors may via the freedom of information act request to be released

Sms and WhatsApp messages from directors and officers to fall officially under the freedom of information Act (Wob), which makes it possible to bestuursinformatie on to ask, according to the Council of State (RvS) on Wednesday.

That means that, among others, journalists from now appberichten can be obtained from the government, as long as that something with the work of the public administration. The freedom of information act is clear, writes Steel: “Under this law falls all the recorded public information of a business nature.”

It does not matter whether the apps from a business or a personal phone are sent, thus the Stainless steel. “Otherwise, administrative bodies, the law could escape by messages that are deliberately not with a business phone to send.”

However, the government is allowed a freedom of information act request, under certain circumstances, simply refuse, for example, if as a result the privacy of the directors in the proceedings. Also “personal beleidsopvattingen” may not simply be retrieved. The Stainless steel points out that appberichten these views are more likely to contain than other types of messages, such as letters.

Lawsuit by thuiszorgkoepel

The Council of State made the statement in the context of a case in which the zorgkoepel Branchebelang Thuiszorg Nederland (BTN) in 2016 against the ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports had instituted.

BTN asked information about the financial situation and the bankruptcy of TSN Thuiszorg at the ministry. The minister said that freedom of information act request to meet to be able to come, which BTN to the right stepped.


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