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Information Commissioner Christopher Graham says that official government correspondence falls within the jurisdiction of the Freedom of Information Act, The Telegraph reports. "It should not come as a surprise to public authorities," Graham said, "to have the clarification that information held in private e-mail accounts can be subject to Freedom of Information law if it relates to official business...This has always been the case--the act covers all recorded information in any form." Graham has also released guidance on the subject "with two key aims--first, to give public authorities an authoritative steer on the factors that should be considered before deciding whether a search of private e-mail accounts is necessary when responding to a request under the act...Second, to set out the procedures that should generally be in place to respond to requests." 
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