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Transparency and Accountability Bill to “restore the public’s right to know” has its second reading in Parliament

A private member’s bill sponsored by Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming had its second reading on Friday. If the bill becomes law, the public for the first time will be able to make Freedom of Information requests to private organisations

Parliament to debate new transparency laws which seek to end institutional cover-ups

This Friday will see the second reading of the Transparency and Accountability Bill which, amongst other things, aims to increase government accountability relating to child care proceedings.

Currently, family courts are largely regarded as private affairs, making it very difficult …

Observer Ideas – Edward Snowden on information storage, data mining and political participation

Hosted at Europe’s largest multi-arts conference centre, the Barbican’s primary stage played host to a host of speakers all connected by their struggle for public empowerment.

One such speaker was Edward Snowden on live stream from Moscow, discussing surveillance and

Increased transparency rules for councils

Earlier this week, the government published a new edition of the Local Government Transparency Code that will require local authorities to publish greater details in regards to profits and assets.

Announced by the department for Communities and Local Government, local …

Home Office to investigate police snooping of journalists

A parliamentary select committee has requested a breakdown of all UK police forces use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to snoop on journalists.

The Act, which requires telecoms companies to surrender phone records without the customer’s consent …

Top Tips for FOIA: Grazing Top Ten (Part 2)

Following on from last weeks post on the Grazing technique, here are tips numbers six to ten on how to make a successful Grazing request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The first five of our Top Tips can be …

Top Tips for FOIA: Grazing Top Ten (Part 1)

As stated in last weeks blog, there are two different approaches to making a request. This post is going to focus on the Grazing technique, targeting information which does not fall within the scope of any exemptions.

At the most …

Top Tips for FOIA: Mining or Grazing

Have you ever considered using the Freedom of Information Act or would like to but don’t know where to start? Have you tried using it but with little success or been treated to repeated exemptions. In this series of posts …

Tate’s BP sponsorship disclosure on trial at Information Tribunal

Tate is to appear before the Information Tribunal on Thursday 18 September in the culmination of an almost three-year long legal battle over its refusal to disclose information surrounding its controversial sponsorship relationship with oil company BP.

Tate has been …

Weekly News Round-Up: Outsourcing deals, the Olympics and motoring offences

MPs seek to lift the veil on terms of Government outsourcing deals

A powerful group of MPs will today push top civil servants to agree to sweeping reforms of how Government contracts are run by the private sector following headline-grabbing

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