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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.

Jim Hansen backs FOIA fight for sceptic Lord Lawson’s secret funder

Climate scientists will call on a British judge to disclose the identity of the seed funder to Lord Lawson’s climate sceptic think tank the Global Warming Policy Foundation, the Guardian reports today.

Professor James Hansen, adjunct professor at …

Justice Committee to review UK FoIA – requesters invited to give evidence

The Justice Select Committee will review the Freedom of Information Act later this year and is likely to recommend changes to the current legislation. This may improve the Act but some public bodies are expected to call for new exemptions …

ICO ruling to expand FoIA scope to private emails and text messages

An upcoming Information Commissioner ruling is expected to expand FoIA’s scope to text messages and private emails, The Guardian reports.

The newspaper says that it has been a widespread practice in government for sensitive communications to be conducted from private …

Human Rights law forces disclosure of absolutely exempt information

The Information Tribunal ruled last month that freedom of information laws were applied in contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is a decision that could have wide consequences for information rights in the UK.

In June the …

Debate highlights conflict between FoIA transparency and scientific confidentiality

The Index On Censorship’s “Is Transparency Bad For Science?” debate was timely arriving in the wake of the second release of emails hacked from the University of East Anglia, writes Sophia Ignatidou.

Imperial College yesterday hosted a panel …

Sunday and Monday’s top FoIA stories

Cameron’s Big Society in lack of support

David Cameron’s Big Society plan which urges workers to contribute financially to charities doesn’t seem to move lots of his peers. According to the Daily Mirror, a FoIA request revealed just four …

Anglo Irish Bank eligible for EIR requests

Anglo Irish Bank, which was nationalised in January 2009, is eligible for environmental information requests, said the Irish Commissioner for Environmental Information, Emily O’Reilly.

Although the bank had refused requests in the past on the basis that it is not …

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