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WhatDoTheyKnow.com is a website which allows anyone to make a Freedom of Information request in public.[1][2]

  • Around 10% of requests to Central Government are made through WhatDoTheyKnow.com.[3]
  • Over 5,000 public bodies have been added to the site, mainly by volunteers
  • The site has been described as "an idiot's guide to making an freedom of information request." [4]
  • The Information Commissioner has stated "we believe the most up-to-date informal list of all public authorities is held on the website 'WhatDoTheyKnow.com'. [5]


  • Daily Telegraph best green websites - ranked number 2 [6][7]
  • New Media Awards - Democracy in Action Finalists 2008 [8][9]
  • New Media Awards - Innovation Winner 2008 [10]

ICO advice

The ICO advises information professionals to: "Check out websites and blogs that cover freedom of information issues, such as www.whatdotheyknow.com, ..." [11]

WhatDoTheyKnow policies

Certain WhatDoTheyKnow policies are to be made available on the foiwiki:



The team of volunteers who run the site, answer your support emails, maintain the database of public authorities

See also

External Resources