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Archive for the ‘FOI Legislation’ Category

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 Tip: Do your research

Just about to submit your Freedom of Information request? Are you sure it’s not already in the public domain? Confident that the terms of your request are accurate? By doing some initial research, you can save precious time.

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Information Commissioner: FoI exemption for private companies is “perverse”

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, joined a panel of experts to discuss the ‘future of transparency’ at City University London last night. The panel discussed FoI requests, the value of openness, and what happens when the need for transparency meets …

A day in FoIA: ‘Absolute secrecy’ law for royals criticised by Information Commissioner, Climate change minister gave adviser preferential access,Proposed bill would save the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds

 

 

‘Absolute secrecy’ law for royals criticised by Information Commissioner

 

Plans by the Scottish government to keep any communication between ministers and the royal family secret are in direct conflict with the public interest, MSPs are to hear.

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