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Posts Tagged ‘Information Commissioner’s Office’

Freedom of Information (Private Healthcare Companies) Bill to get second reading

There seems to be a renewed enthusiasm for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to extend to the private sector. On the Daily Politics programme last week, Labour councillor Theo Blackwell made his case for the extension, claiming that “a

What’s the deal with dataset disclosures?

Have you ever submitted a Freedom of Information request for a specific dataset? When you received the dataset, was it in a form that you could easily use and then re-use in the future or was it annoyingly in a

Alaska climate body hasn’t met since 2011, documents show

Alaska climate body hasn’t met since 2011, documents show

Rapid-response taskforce – set up by Sarah Palin to protect state from effects of global warming – last met in March 2011
A rapid-response taskforce, intended to protect Alaska from the …

Missed calls for help: the scandal of domestic violence

Missed calls for help: the scandal of domestic violence

Somewhere, somehow, the work to end violence against women lost momentum. Despite the improvements made over decades in tackling domestic and sexual violence, the scale of the problem remains shocking. Repeat …

Drop in school sport support blamed on funding cuts

Drop in school sport support blamed on funding cuts

On the eve of an Olympic Games that has promised to “inspire a generation of young people through sport”, research has indicated a 60% drop in the amount of time dedicated …

Pressure on budgets makes primary health care trusts limit operations

Pressure on budgets makes primary health care trusts limit operations

Freedom of information requests by GP magazine reveal that 90% of trusts hold back on hip, knee and cataract operations

Pressure to save money has left 90% of primary care …

Tobacco investments to be reconsidered by Norfolk and Essex councils

Tobacco investments to be reconsidered by Norfolk and Essex councils

Two councils in the East region are to reconsider multi-million pound pension fund investments in tobacco before they take a lead role in NHS anti-smoking campaigns in 2013.

The move …

Freedom of information and the public interest: a discussion

Tomorrow evening Request Initiative will host a roundtable discussion on the public interest and FoIA led by barrister, information law specialist and member of our board Robin Hopkins.

Robin advises the Information Commissioner’s Office, local authorities and other public bodies …

ICO conference 2012: Give journalists more access to personal data, argues barrister

Journalists should be granted greater access to sensitive personal data in cases where publication has a strong public interest under the Freedom of Information Act, a leading barrister told data protection officers today.

Robin Hopkins, a practicing barrister specialising in …

One in 20 checked by the CRB last year, FoIA shows

Almost three million criminal record checks were carried out in England and Wales last year, amounting to one person in 20 having their backgrounds examined, a FoIA reveals.

A Freedom of Information Act request obtained by Big Brother Watch revealed …

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