Private use of social media advice provided to employees

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to WA Department of Agriculture and Food as part of a batch sent to 204 authorities

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The request was refused by WA Department of Agriculture and Food.

Dear WA Department of Agriculture and Food,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I request documents related to the ten most recent instances where an employee has sought information, advice, guidance, or opinion on their social media use in a private capacity.

I limit the scope of documents to:
- the original request from the employee
- the agency/department's response
- any follow-up questions and response
- only those sent to a relevant HR / conduct / social media (or similar) team (rather than managers across all areas of the organisation)
- where the original request was created in the last 2 years

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

James Smith

Reception South Perth, WA Department of Agriculture and Food

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The applicant has not told Right to Know the status of this request and I have been asked to update the status.

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