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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

Welcome to the Request Initiative blog

Request Initiative is launching a blog today that provides advice and guidance for NGOs, charities, civil society groups and individuals. We want to help these organisations use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). If you’re struggling with a request or

UNESCO supports freedom of information in Morocco

UNESCO supports freedom of information in Morocco

UNESCO’s Office in Rabat supports the Moroccan Network of Civil Society Groups for Access to Information (REMDI) in their advocacy and awareness-raising campaign for freedom of information (FOI).

As an integral part of

3000 BBC workers paid through limited companies

Conservative MP, David Mowat has used the FoIA to reveal that “around 3,000″ BBC workers have avoided paying PAYE tax by billing the BBC through personal service companies,reports the Telegraph. Furthermore, 31 of these have not had tax deducted at …

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 …

Francis Maude urges government to ‘stop hiding’ behind DPA at ICO annual conference

Transparency in Government means officials must stop hiding behind the Data Protection Act and publish and share more information, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude told hundreds of public sector staff today.

Maude was speaking on “the transparency agenda” at the …

CPS and police pay out £600,000 after child witness put at risk

The Crown Prosecution Service and Met Police paid a family more than £600,000 in damages and costs after a child witness was identified to a gang. The BBC reports: “The 16-year-old boy had been promised anonymity to give evidence about …

Lord Lawson should name funder of climate sceptic think tank, judge told

THERE IS “enormous public interest” in naming the climate sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation’s seed donor and “a pressing need to scrutinise” any links he has with the oil and coal industry, an information tribunal judge heard today (Friday, January …

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 …

Landmark Information Tribunal decision forces university to disclose animal testing data

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has won a landmark case against Newcastle University at the Information Tribunal, The Independent reports.

After a legal battle that began in 2008, the tribunal ruled that the public interest in …

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