Tag Archives: freedom of information

Top tips to think about now for a merry information rights Christmas

By Laura Middleton, Enforcement Team Manager. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Ev’rywhere you go, Take a look at floors one to ten, lots of empty seats there again Let’s hope there isn’t cause to call the ICO.” … Continue reading

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International Right to Know Day 2016 – Four ways the ICO is helping promote openness by public bodies

By Steve Wood, Interim Deputy Commissioner. International Right to Know Day is an annual occasion designed to promote freedom of information worldwide. In 2016, 250 years since the launch of the world’s first Freedom of Information law in Sweden, the … Continue reading

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The view beyond the headline – considering the detail in the FOI Commission’s report

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. ‘Victory for your right to know’ was the response of many commentators to the report of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information, published last month. There is certainly much to welcome in the … Continue reading

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Collective leadership at the ICO

By Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner The next few weeks will see some big changes in the leadership of the Information Commissioner’s Office – changes of personnel and changes of approach. I want to take this opportunity to tell our stakeholders … Continue reading

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New opportunities and increased accountability: public sector re-use rules come into force

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. This weekend, as most of us will be hoping that rain doesn’t interrupt summer fêtes, weddings, BBQs or stage 14 of the Tour de France, the ICO will take on a new role … Continue reading

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Five important decisions from ten years of the Freedom of Information Act

By Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner New Year’s Day sees the tenth anniversary of the coming into effect of the Freedom of Information Act. Under the Act (FOIA) which had been passed in 2000, on 1 January 2005, citizens were at … Continue reading

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ICO blog: Freedom of Information – the next generation

The evolution of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) will reach a key milestone on 1st September, as the new open data rights come into force. Changes to the law not only give new rights to request data in a … Continue reading

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ICO blog: The risk of revealing too much

View our latest blog on redaction and information disclosure: ‘Now you don’t see it, now you do’ – the dangers of hidden data It’s been a busy few weeks in Wilmslow, with data protection becoming headline news as politicians debated whether … Continue reading

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“A manifestly unjustified, inappropriate or improper use of a formal procedure.”

That was the verdict of Judge Wikeley in the Upper Tribunal recently when considering an appeal which turned on the meaning of “vexatious” in relation to a Freedom of Information Act request. The ICO has published new guidance on this area … Continue reading

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ICO blog: Fresh coat of guidance for FOI Act

When I last wrote four months ago, I likened keeping the ICO’s library of guidance up-to-date and relevant to painting the Forth Bridge. As we come to the end of the financial year, I think it would be fair to … Continue reading

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