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Technology shouldn't be used to undermine accountability

Maurice Frankel


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The NI Civil Service has a system in place which automatically deletes emails after three months.

The NI Civil Service has a system in place which automatically deletes emails after three months.

The NI Civil Service has a system in place which automatically deletes emails after three months.

Yesterday's revelation that government emails are automatically deleted after three months highlights one of the obstacles to freedom of information (FOI).

By the time a request for information is made, much of it may have disappeared, leaving a blank space in the official record.

"We do not hold the information you have asked for," the requester is told.