Filming, tweeting & blogging

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Michael Walden

Dear Cardiff Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide copies of
A) standing orders
B) policies
C) discussions (emails / memos)

relating to the following:

1) filming of council meetings
2) tweeting at council meetings
3) blogging of council meetings

In respect of this request, "council meeting" shall refer to
meetings of the full council, cabinet & committee meetings where
members of the public are permitted to attend. It shall not include
any meetings (or part of) where the public are not permitted to
attend (e.g. closed sessions.)

If answers to part of this request are already published in a
public place, please provide links to the location where they can
be accessed online by persons not residing within the Cardiff
Council area.

In the event that this request cannot be answered within the
permitted time limit, please disregard item C and concentrate on
the other 2 items.

Under the Freedom of Information Act you should respond promptly
and in any case no later that 20 days from receipt of this request.
I look forward to recieving your response within this period.

If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others,
please provide the easiest parts first rather than hold up the
entire request.

I would prefer to receive your response in electronic format.

If you decide to withhold some of the information requested using
exemptions in the FOIA, please inform me which exemptions you have

If you need clarification of any of the points in this request,
please contact me via email. Under your section 16 duty to provide
advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find
this request unmanageable in any way.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Walden

FOI - Democracy, Cardiff Council

Dear Mr Walden

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
about filming, tweeting and blogging of council meetings received on
12th June 11.

We are considering your request under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act, you should receive the information requested within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days, unless the information is exempt
or we require additional time to consider whether disclosure is in the
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- recognizes the duty to inform as the essential principle underlying
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Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
Yours Sincerely

Amy Collins
Senior Resource Officer
Citizen & Democratic Services

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FOI - Human Resources, Cardiff Council

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Dear Michael Walden,

In regards to your Freedom of Information request dated 12^th June 2011
(below), please find attached copies of all standing orders, policies and
discussions relating to Filming, Tweeting and Blogging at Council meeting.

<<FOI00512 - FOI Request on Filming Tweeting and Blogging - Response
e-casework and tweeting>> <<Consti_F_08_07_10_A_Min_A.pdf>>
<<Councl_F_08_09_25_A_Min_A.pdf>> <<Re: [data-protection] woman arrested
for filming council meeting>> <<CCC Constitution (Updated 20110504).pdf>>
<<Corporate Services Plan 2011-12 - Legal and Democratic Services
v1.0.pdf>> <<Councillors Praise Power of the Tweet (Guardian Cardiff

If this information does not answer your enquiry or if you feel we have
not fully understood your request, please contact me to clarify your exact

If you have any queries or concerns or are in any way dissatisfied with
the handling of your request please do not hesitate to contact me or my
colleague Laithe Bonni.

You also have a right under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act
to ask the Information Commissioner to review our handling of your

Information Commissioner's Office (Wales) Cambrian Buildings Mount Stuart
Square Cardiff CF10 5FL


Telephone: 029 2044 8044

Fax: 029 2044 8045

Email: [email address]

Yours Sincerely,

Ian White

Management Information Specialist

HR People Services

Arbenigwr Gwybodaeth Rheoli

Gwasanaethau Pobl AD

Tel/Ffon: 029208 72615

Fax/Ffacs: 029208 72753

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