Civil servants face probe over personal emails

Civil servants are to be investigated over claims they used personal emails to bypass their official communications being covered by freedom of information rules, it emerged yesterday.

The head of the civil service reportedly says allegations that the business department tried to avoid scrutiny under the Freedom of Information Act by using private email accounts will be tested.

Sir Bob Kerslake gave the order for a proprietary and ethics team to investigate after a tribunal apparently found Department of Business officials using the likes of Yahoo to dodge FoI scrutiny, The Daily Telegraph reported.

“It feels wonderful to work free from fear of FoI!!,” the paper quoted Geoff Smith, a DoB official, as writing.

To be launched by the Cabinet Office, the probe was said to relate to emails between the department and Nominet, the UK internet registry group.

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