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Scotland ICO: Freedom of information laws ‘should be extended to private companies’

Freedom of information (FOI) laws should be extended to private companies contracted to provide public services, the Scottish Information Commissioner has said.

Such a move will ensure accountability and transparency where large sums of taxpayers’ money are involved, Rosemary Agnew said.

The Scottish Government recently passed FOI legislation, updating existing laws with measures such as removing the royal exemption.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish Government has also begun a consultation to bring arms-length external organisations under FOI. Read more.

STV News | 31st January 2013

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