Who needs Freedom of Information when we have Google?

A Councillor discussing the rising number of freedom of information (FOI) requests being submitted to the council suggested people should stop wasting the authority’s time and search for what they’re looking for on Google.

“It seems like an easy way of doing research is just to do an FOI and get someone else to do all the spade work for you. There’s so much public information available and Google is such a good tool to use. I just want to confirm that it is the case that if information is asked for rather than it being gathered by the council it’s sign posted and there is a quick way to do that signposting. Could there be a standard answer that this information is publicly available and the subtext is go and find it yourself.”

-East Renfrewshire Councillor Mary Montague, 10 June 2015