News stories posted during October 2011

UK Freedom of Information E-news - September 2011

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26/09/2011 by:

FOI Campaign draws attention to public authorities destroying information FOI Act should be extended to private companies providing public services Parliament could use FOI more, researchers say 1. FOI Campaign draws attention to public authoritie...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - August 2011

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04/08/2011 by:

Consultation on Open Data launched FOIA aspects in the Localism Bill FOI requests on Twitter 1 . Consultation on Open Data launched The Cabinet Office has today launched a consultation on the government’s Open Data initiative which introduces a ne...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - June 2011

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30/06/2011 by:

ICO consults on its information rights strategy ICO:  Names of public sector workers earning over £150,000 to be disclosed 1 . ICO consults on its information rights strategy The ICO says it wants to integrate its data protection and freedom of...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - February 2011

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28/02/2011 by:

Government announces bodies to be included in FOI extension 30-year rule reduced to 20 The Information Commissioner will become fully independent of the Ministry of Justice 1 . Protection of Freedoms Bill will be debated 1 March The Protection of...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - May 2011

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28/02/2011 by:

ICO takes action on slow FOI responses Central government FOI performance improves Abortion statistics can be disclosed Information Tribunal website archived 1 . ICO takes action on slow FOI responses The ICO is resorting to regulatory action in a...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - January 2011

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10/01/2011 by:

Government announces bodies to be included in FOI extension 30-year rule reduced to 20 The Information Commissioner will become fully independent of the Ministry of Justice 1 . Government announces bodies to be included in FOI extension The Minist...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - December 2010

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15/12/2010 by:

FOIA developments expected soon BBC ordered to release information about its contractor Tribunal decides to protect name data of police who might be harassed ICO: universities’ research data is not exempt 1. FOIA developments expected soon Revisio...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - October 2010

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18/10/2010 by:

Internal ICO FOI advice now available ICO puts pressure on compliance Tribunal: DWP to release contract details Government committed to extending FOI Act 1. Internal ICO FOI advice now available Thanks to a FOI request by Alex Skene, who helps...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - September 2010

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17/09/2010 by:

FOI Amendment Bill Government confirms it will extend the scope of the FOIA 1. FOI Amendment Bill The Liberal Democrat MP, Tom Brake, introduced a private member's Bill, the Freedom of Information Amendment Bill on 7 September with the aim to...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - August 2010

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06/08/2010 by:

Freedom of Information Act to be extended soon The Information Commissioner to enforce FOI more rigorously 1. Freedom of Information Act to be extended soon The government has put some time estimates to its action on civil liberties. It intends to...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - June 2010

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15/06/2010 by:

New publication requirements from July 2010 1. New publication requirements from July 2010 Prime Minister David Cameron has written to Government departments with the view to achieving greater transparency. The plan provides just limited exemption...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - May 2010

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19/05/2010 by:

Minister appointed for Freedom of Information 1. Minister appointed for Freedom of Information PL&B has learned  that the Minister of State responsible for Freedom of Information at the Ministry of Justice will be Lord McNally, a Liberal Democrat....

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - April 2010

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30/04/2010 by:

Central Government improves its Freedom of Information Act performance New tribunal developments 1. Central Government improves its Freedom of Information Act performance While the number of requests to central government bodies was on the rise la...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - March 2010

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31/03/2010 by:

FOI Act extended Supreme Court adds up secrecy exemptions for less transparency Scottish Commissioner: advice on unclear requests 1. FOI Act extended The Ministry of Justice announced on 30 March that the Freedom of Information Act will be extende...

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UK Freedom of Information E-news - February 2010

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26/02/2010 by:

30-year rule changes to 20 years Time limit for prosecution of offences for deliberate destruction of requested records 6 months, or not? Tribunal: time taken redacting cannot be included in cost estimates Information Tribunal now known as...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 51

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18/12/2009 by:

Government uses FOI veto again New guidance from the ICO on what to record when considering an exemption Royal Mail to release performance statistics 1. Government uses FOI veto again Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced on 10 December a...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 50

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26/11/2009 by:

Authorities must separate DP subject access request from FOI requests Council right not to disclose data of a senior executive Scottish Information Commissioner assesses FOI compliance FOI and EIR cases snapshot / October 2009 1. Authorities must...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 49

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29/10/2009 by:

Tribunal orders release of sensitive data in DP/FOI interface decision ICO again criticised for long delays ICO publishes details of caseload 1. Tribunal orders release of sensitive data in DP/FOI interface decision A recent decision by the...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 48

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10/09/2009 by:

New FOI Guidance from ICOAct BBC spends £3m on FOI requests ICO serves Ministry of Defence a practice recommendation Local Authority Survey reveals  confusion over the FOIA and EIRS 1. New FOI Guidance from ICO Over the summer, the ICO has updated...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 47

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17/07/2009 by:

Government adopts narrow scope in extending the FOI Act FOI Campaign criticises ICO for severe delays 1. Government adopts narrow scope in extending the FOI Act The Government has finally, 18 months after the close of the consultation period,...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 46

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02/07/2009 by:

Tribunal upholds ICO on withholding disciplinary details ICO publishes report on ministerial veto New ICO strategy emphasises routine publication of documents and efficiency New study 1. Tribunal upholds ICO on withholding disciplinary details Thi...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 45

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05/06/2009 by:

New guidance on information held on behalf of another Guidance on national security exemption Publication of MPs expenses delayed 1. New guidance on information held on behalf of another The ICO states that information public authorities hold on...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 44

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14/05/2009 by:

FOI & UK DP Enews: Minister announces extension of the Freedom of Information Act to the private sector 1. FOI & UK DP Enews: Minister announces extension of the Freedom of Information Act to the private sector Michael Wills MP,  Justice Minister,...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 43

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01/05/2009 by:

ICO now spot checking public authorities’ publication schemes Greater Manchester Police receives practice recommendation for failure to provide timely internal reviews Northumbria Police to disclose investigation documents relating to allegation o...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 42

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31/03/2009 by:

OGC publishes Gateway Reviews on ID card scheme Department of Health receives practice recommendation on records management practice ICO helps public authorities fulfil their duty to deal with round robin requests Grants awarded to study impact of...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 41

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27/02/2009 by:

UK minister uses FOIA veto for first time to withhold cabinet minutes Salary scales of senior staff should be published, ICO says Law Lords support Tribunal in Sugar vs BBC on news coverage of the Middle East 1. UK minister uses FOIA veto for firs...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 40

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09/02/2009 by:

Freedom of Information requests with fictitious names can be refused Information Commissioner’s FOI spot checks begin in April Information Commissioner-to-be gives evidence to House of Commons Justice Committee New guidance to help public...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 39

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07/01/2009 by:

ICO’s new advice on how to stop vexatious requests Ofsted must release names of child care managers Information Tribunal dismisses appeal regarding meta-request FOI training to explain ICO and Tribunal decisions Is the Government recriminalising t...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 38

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05/12/2008 by:

New FoI guidance on releasing procurement information ICO publishes FoI guidance on how to deal with requests which relate to individuals’ personal information Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to release information about non-safety recalls no...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 37

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06/11/2008 by:

Companies’ details in Employment Tribunal cases to be made public Information Tribunal now has searchable database Still no proposal on how to extend FOI Most people now aware of their information rights FOI training in Scotland Scotland looks int...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 36

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29/10/2008 by:

ICO urges public authorities to publish meeting minutes Guidance on disclosing names of staff Confidential papers on the new EU Accession States migrant scheme to be released 1. ICO urges public authorities to publish meeting minutes The Informati...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 35

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01/07/2008 by:

Tribunal decision supports personal data exemption ICO orders release of information relating to Stansted airport New guidance on FOI for public bodies 1. Tribunal decision supports personal data exemption  A recent decision by the Information...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 34

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23/06/2008 by:

FOI model publication scheme now available Scottish Commissioner launches new enforcement strategy 1. FOI model publication scheme now available  The Information Commissioner has published a model publication scheme to aid public sector...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 33

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18/04/2008 by:

Landmark FOI appeal case heard by Law Lords ICO serves practice recommendation on Department of Health Office of Government Commerce case back to Tribunal 1. Landmark FOI appeal case heard by Law Lords   A Scottish FOI case, which was discussed by...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 32

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20/02/2008 by:

Jack Straw confirms FOI extension to private sector FOI appeal case to shed light on ‘personal data’ concept 1. Jack Straw confirms FOI extension to private sector Speaking at the House of Commons on 29 January, Jack Straw, Secretary of State for...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 31

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14/01/2008 by:

Consultation on 30-year rule ICO orders release of Ministerial advice on Manchester United takeover PL&B Consultation on extending the Freedom of Information Act to companies  1. Consultation on 30-year rule In order to extend the scope of the...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 30

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30/10/2007 by:

Extension of Freedom of Information Act to private sector expected; No changes to FOI fees regulations Scottish Commissioner rules on commercial confidentiality 1. Extension of Freedom of Information Act to private sector expected; No changes to F...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 29

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03/10/2007 by:

Tribunal orders Ofcom to release mobile phone base station data ICO to launch new disclosure policy Government undecided about fees regulations 1. Tribunal orders Ofcom to release mobile phone base station data The Information Tribunal has ruled...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 28

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03/09/2007 by:

Tribunal orders release of staff names New guidance on vexatious requests 1. Tribunal orders release of staff names A recent Tribunal decision clarifies the situation regarding a public authority’s position regarding the release of staff personal...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 27

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25/06/2007 by:

Scottish Commissioner orders release of contract information FOI applies to civil servants’ advice to ministers Councils not obliged to release retirement details 1. Scottish Commissioner orders release of contract information The Scottish...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 26

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05/06/2007 by:

Government to appeal against Information Tribunal’s decision on ID cards MPs vote to exempt themselves from FOI Act 1. Government to appeal against Information Tribunal’s decision on ID cards The Information Tribunal has supported the Information...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 25

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25/04/2007 by:

FOI Private Members Bill stopped ICO backs the BBC regarding vexatious requests 1. FOI Private Members Bill stopped A few MPs from all parties have blocked the Private Member’s Bill that sought to exempt Parliament from the Freedom of Information...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 24

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02/03/2007 by:

ICO’s first practice recommendation ICO upholds a decision on vexatious requests Campaign says no to private member’s FOI Bill 1. ICO’s first practice recommendation The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a FOI practice...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 23

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31/01/2007 by:

FOI amendment bill seeks to exempt MPs List of council properties should be made public Information on excessive expenses to be published ICO appoints new FOI Assistant Commissioner 1. FOI amendment bill seeks to exempt MPs A Private Member’s Bill...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 20

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27/01/2007 by:

Government advocates new fee structure Tribunal ruling on ‘information not held’ Government to address some of Select Committee recommendations 1. Government advocates new fee structure The Government suggests that public authorities could, in the...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 22

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15/12/2006 by:

Consultation on FOI fees now launched Tribunal dismisses Derry City Council appeal 1. Consultation on FOI fees now launched The Department of Constitutional Affairs has launched a public consultation on the proposed new format for calculating FOI...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 21

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30/11/2006 by:

Call for consultation on FOI costs Tribunal decision on ‘duty to assist and advise' Noise data at airport must be made public under the Environmental Information Regulations  1. Call for consultation on FOI costs The Campaign for Freedom of...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 19

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25/09/2006 by:

ICO rules against Ofcom on mobile phone base stations BBC not to rely on its blanket derogation ICO seeks feedback on FOI publication schemes 1. ICO rules against Ofcom on mobile phone base stations The Information Commissioner (ICO) has served a...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 18

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24/08/2006 by:

Government plans flat rate FOI fees to cut the numbers of requests Network Rail to comply with EIR FOIA improves public authorities’ image Training course on FOI decisions 1. Government plans flat rate FOI fees to cut the numbers of requests A...

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PL&B FOI E-news, Issue 17

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28/07/2006 by:

Select Committee does not support changes in FOI fees DCA publishes guidance on frivolous requests Tribunal decision on applying EIR  1. Select Committee does not support changes in FOI fees The House of Common Select Committee on Constitutional...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 16

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28/06/2006 by:

ICO orders the release of a secret report on ID cards ICO fails to comply with FOIA ICO decision protects personal data under FOI ICO announces more robust case handling and enforcement methods New ICO policy on publication schemes 1. ICO orders t...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 14

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01/05/2006 by:

Section 45 Code of Practice due for review ICO accepts MOD decision on cost limit Nearly a fifth of FOI requests not replied to in time Scottish Information Commissioner to launch enquiry into poor FOI performance 1. Section 45 Code of Practice du...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 15

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01/05/2006 by:

ICO orders disclosure of some information relating to Iraq war Tribunal upholds ICO decision on speed cameras DCA publishes statistics on clearing house ICO releases FOI statistics 1. ICO orders disclosure of some information relating to Iraq war...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 13

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05/04/2006 by:

ICO criticised for backlog and weak enforcement ICO upholds case on vexatious requests ICO and Tribunal decisions explained Scottish Information Commissioner expects improvements in response times 1. ICO criticised for backlog and weak enforcement...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 12

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06/03/2006 by:

Extending FOI to private bodies being considered, says Falconer DCA advises on FOI requests and procurement New guidance on means of communication Information Commissioner orders disclosure of Ryanair and airport agreement Tribunal decision on...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 11

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14/02/2006 by:

New guidance on refusal notices ICO rules that senior management meeting minutes be published ICO struggling with complaints FOI fees to be reviewed Tips for creating disclosure logs 1. New guidance on refusal notices As a response to poorly draft...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 10

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18/01/2006 by:

First Tribunal decisions widen FOI rights Council forced to disclose restaurant hygiene inspection reports Personal data exemption the most used Freedom of Information – One year on 1. First Tribunal decisions widen FOI rights A recent Information...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 09

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25/11/2005 by:

Information Tribunal overturns ICO’s decision in its first FoI case Awareness of FoIA still low Scotland to review its FoIA Local councils spend an average of 14 hours per FoI request NHS to take Scottish FoI Commissioner to court Companies use Fo...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 08

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12/09/2005 by:

DCA encourages FoI practitioners to refer difficult cases Extending FoI to private sector: consultation imminent Scottish Information Commissioner upholds appeal over the release of childhood leukaemia statistics 1. DCA encourages FoI practitioner...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 07

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14/07/2005 by:

Nearly one in five FOI requests to Central Government fail Lord Chancellor demands greater openness ICO finally publishes first FOI Decision Notices Government reviews prohibitions to disclosure Ability to deal with FOI requests varies greatly...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 06

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25/04/2005 by:

FOIA works well, says Campaign for Freedom of Information Information Commissioner denies cosy deals with Government Beware of FOI scam NHS complies well with response deadline DCA publishes list of persons to apply public interest test 1. FOIA...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 05

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06/04/2005 by:

Commissioner to use information and decision notices cautiously NHS bosses tried to prohibit release of information under FOI One in five public sector IT managers struggle with FOI Manchester Evening News tests whether FOI works Information...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 04

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25/02/2005 by:

Government defends FOI implementation Most councils meet FOI access request deadlines FOI will weaken if ex-ministers get the right to appeal 1. Government defends FOI implementation The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) has published a...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 03

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25/01/2005 by:

Government sets FOI access fees Organisations warned over delays to access requests Friends of the Earth help the public with FOI requests Iraq war makes MoD top target for FOI requests Schools sluggish over FOI compliance National Archives...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 02

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17/12/2004 by:

Government publishes FOI charging regulations MPs fear that public bodies are not ready for FOIA New FOI training course launched 1. Government publishes FOI charging regulations On December 9th, the Department of Constitutional Affairs laid its...

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Freedom of Information news, Issue 01

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11/11/2004 by:

Deadlines for FOI responses extended in some cases Draft Environmental Regulations before Parliament Fees regulations New FOI guidance available on the web Records management guide for schools 1. Deadlines for FOI responses extended in some cases...

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FOIA extended to cover ACPO, UCAS and FOS

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04/11/2011 by:

The Ministry of Justice announced on 1 November that an order has come into effect bringing the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), and the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) under the...

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Consultation on model publication scheme

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04/11/2011 by:

The ICO has launched a consultation on the revision of its model publication scheme, under sections 19 and 20 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The consultation seeks views on the current publication scheme requirements, and changes to it. H...

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ICO guidance on private emails

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22/12/2011 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office has recently published guidance on how the FOIA applies to private emails. The ICO says that: Where a public authority has decided that a relevant individual’s email account may include official information...

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Ministry of Justice publishes list of companies to be subject to the FOIA

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22/12/2011 by:

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has provided some information about bodies they regard as likely to be brought within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act by changes brought by the Protection of Freedoms Bill. The Protection of Freedoms Bill...

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Lords propose public contracts to include FOI provision and FOIA annual reports

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22/12/2011 by:

The House of Lords is proposing amendments on Freedom of Information to the Protection of Freedoms Bill. The Lords propose that any contract for any sum over £1 million made by a public authority with any person would have to include a freedom of...

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Parliament seeks evidence by 3 February on FOI implementation

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18/01/2012 by:

The Freedom of Information Act is currently being reviewed, and the deadline for submitting evidence to the Parliamentary committee is 3 February 2012. The Ministry of Justice has published a memorandum on its post legislative scrutiny of the Act....

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Justice Committee begins post-legislative scrutiny of the FOIA

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21/02/2012 by:

The House of Commons Justice Committee’s first hearing on the post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 took place on 21 February. Maurice Frankel, Director for Campaign for Freedom of Information, told the Committee that in...

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ICO issues FOI Undertakings to six public authorities

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23/03/2012 by:

The Welsh Government, Kent County Council, Cornwall Council, East Lancashire NHS Trust, Nottingham City Council and North Somerset Council have signed Undertakings, which commit them to making improvements to their FOI compliance, the ICO announce...

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Mean average cost of an FOI request is £184

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04/05/2012 by:

Research conducted by Ipsos Mori and commissioned by the Ministry of Justice reveals that the mean average cost of an FOI request is £184. The research found that a small minority of expensive requests count for a large proportion of the total...

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ICO’s launches its publication scheme plan for 2012/13

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17/05/2012 by:

The ICO will introduce a revised FOI Model Publication Scheme to apply to all sectors from 1 April 2013, with definition documents providing sector specific guidance to accompany the main scheme. Announcing the plans now will allow public...

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ICO: Use of the ministerial veto should be reserved for genuinely exceptional cases

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22/05/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has in his recent report to Parliament, expressed his concern for the government’s use of its veto power in FOIA cases. The government has used its veto power on three previous occasions, all of...

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Organisations should include FOI provisions in contracts with private sector providers, MPs say

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14/08/2012 by:

MPs on Parliament's Justice Select Committee say that contracts may be the best way forward to ensure that private sector companies performing public duties comply with their FOI obligations. The Committee, which has scrutinised the effectiveness ...

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Cabinet minutes on Iraq remain off limits

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07/09/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, says in his report submitted to Parliament on 3 September that the circumstances around Cabinet minutes on Iraq were not ‘exceptional’ – a prerequisite for the use of the Ministerial veto under FOI...

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Government consults on datasets

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14/12/2012 by:

The government has launched a consultation to clarify what is expected of public authorities which are required to publish datasets for re-use and in a re-useable format. The requirements stem from the amendments made to the Freedom of Information...

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New policy on FOI veto power on the cards

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08/03/2013 by:

Giving evidence at the House of Commons Justice Committee hearing on 5 February, Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, spoke about the work of the Information Commissioner’s office and gave his views on the government veto under FOIA. Grah...

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Some FOIA amendments to take effect in May or June

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16/04/2013 by:

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the following amendments to the FOIA are likely to take effect in May or June:   - Amendments to the FOIA in section 102 Protection of Freedoms Act (POFA) – duty to provide data sets in...

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FOIA datasets provisions in force from 1 September

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23/07/2013 by:

The changes introduced to the FOIA by the Protection of Freedoms Act will enter into force on 1 September 2013. This means that public authorities will face a new requirement to make datasets available for re-use in a re-usable format. The code of...

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Supreme Court orders Scottish council pay data to be released

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09/08/2013 by:

A Supreme Court judgement of 29 July relating to information about South Lanarkshire Council's staff pay structure deals with the relationship between the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Data Protection Act. The court ruled that the...

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Dataset provisions enter into force 1 September

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20/08/2013 by:

The ICO has published guidance on the provisions regarding datasets that are added to the Freedom of Information  Act (FOIA) by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 from 1 September. The guidance explains to public authorities what their new duties...

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Publishing pivot tables online leads to disclosing personal data…and a fine from the ICO

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30/08/2013 by:

Responding to a FOI request often requires making sure no personal data in included. But when releasing information contained in pivot tables [a data summarisation tool - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pivot_table ], extra care is needed. The ICO ha...

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Proposed FOI restrictions face opposition

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01/11/2013 by:

According to the Campaign for Freedom of Information, the government is still considering a series of proposals to make it easier for public authorities to refuse FOI requests on cost grounds. While requests can be refused if the cost of respondin...

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Court of Appeal rulings strengthens FOI Act and government veto will now exclude environmental information

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12/03/2014 by:

The Court of Appeal has today overturned the government’s veto of an Upper Tribunal decision ordering the release of Prince Charles’ correspondence with ministers.  The Guardian newspaper had applied for the correspondence under the Freedom of...

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MPs urged to bring contractors' information under the FOI Act

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03/07/2014 by:

The Campaign for Freedom of Information (CFOI) has written to MPs who succeeded in the recent ballot for private members' bills urging them to introduce the Freedom of Information (Contractor Information) Bill. CFOI says that that the bill would...

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FOI private members' Bills seek to extend transparency obligations

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10/11/2014 by:

A private member's Bill, published on 28 October, seeks to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to apply its provisions to private healthcare companies and other bodies seeking health service contracts. If enacted, the Bill would apply to...

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Extending the FOIA to companies? Two trials and one conference mark nearly 10 years of the FOIA entering into force

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27/11/2014 by:

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was adopted (received Royal Assent) on 30th November 2000 and entered into force on 1st January 2005. This week: 1. There is a hearing in the Information Tribunal on whether water companies should be considere...

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Network Rail to be stationed within FOI regime by end of March

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04/03/2015 by:

Simon Hughes MP, Justice Minister, announced on 2nd March at the ICO’s Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference (#DPPC2015) that Network Rail will officially join 100 other companies which have been brought within the scope of the Freedom of...

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Prince Charles’ letters to be released under the FOIA

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26/03/2015 by:

The Supreme Court has ruled that Prince Charles’ correspondence with government departments will be made public under the FOIA. The Upper Tribunal had ordered disclosure in 2012 as a response to a FOI request made by Guardian journalist, Rob Evans...

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Government Commission to review Freedom of Information Act

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30/07/2015 by:

The government has announced a Commission on Freedom of Information (FOI) to review the way the FOA Act 2000 is working after more than a decade in operation. The government states that it “fully support[s]” this law but that it needs to make sure...

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FOIA may be extended to apply to information about public services provided by contractors

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22/01/2016 by:

Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake proposes that major contractors would fall under the FOIA. The Bill, Freedom of Information (Public Interest and Transparency) Bill, introduced with all-party support on 19 January under the 10-minute rule, proposes t...

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No major legislative changes to FOI Act needed, FOI review concludes

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04/03/2016 by:

The Burns Commission, which has been evaluating whether changes are needed to the Freedom of Information Act, says that FOI should remain free of charge, and that the veto provision should be narrower and more limited. Information Commissioner...

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No change a victory for Freedom of information after its 10 year review

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24/03/2016 by:

The Burns Commission, which recently completed its review of the working of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), does not propose any substantial changes to the law. The Commission does not recommend charges for requests and the government has...

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Justice Committee recommendation would ‘seriously undermine FOI Act’

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23/06/2016 by:

The House of Commons Justice Committee says that the right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) against an Information Commissioner’s FOI decision should be abolished. The Justice Committee recommendation would 'seriously undermine FOI Act',...

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New Information Commissioner takes a supportive stance on FOI

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31/08/2016 by:

Newly appointed Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, says that she intends to oppose the government’s suggestion to introduce fees for FOI appeals to the Information Rights Tribunal. “Introducing new fees could potentially lead to a chill i...

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Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, demands extending FOI to companies providing services to the public sector

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13/12/2016 by:

The ICO will submit a report to Parliament next year arguing the need to extend the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) to apply to outsourcing in the public sector. This would bring private sector companies providing services to public sector...

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Whistle-blowers and journalists face prison for revealing information that could be obtained under FOI

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22/05/2017 by:

The Campaign for Freedom of Information (CFOI) and ARTICLE 19 (the organisation which campaigns for freedom of expression and freedom of information) warn that new proposals by the Law Commission to reform the 1989 Official Secrets Act (OSA) could...

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Campaign for Freedom of Information: FOI Act operates too slowly to contribute to the Brexit debate

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12/12/2017 by:

The Campaign’s director, Maurice Frankel, has submitted a witness statement to the High Court supporting an attempt to use the common law and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) instead of the FOIA to obtain government...

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