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Posts Tagged ‘Freedom of Information’

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 …

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

Weekly News Round-Up: Secondments, shortages and sprays

Gas industry employee seconded to draft UK’s energy policy

A major state subsidy scheme for the UK’s gas-fired power stations is being designed by an employee of a gas company working on secondment to the government, according to a document

Weekly News Round-Up: Open data, Owen Paterson and openness

Information Commissioner: ‘Open data is no substitute for freedom of information’

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has warned that the open data movement in the UK could lead to ‘open data’ becoming a substitute for ‘freedom of information’.

Speaking at the

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