MPs better placed than judges to decide public interest, says attorney general – The Guardian

‘Politicians are frequently better placed than judges to decide what constitutes the public interest in releasing information about foreign relations, national security and other areas, according to the attorney general.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2016

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Close legal loophole which means public services contractors don’t have disclose their work, say campaigners – The Independent

Posted January 26th, 2016 in contracting out, disclosure, freedom of information, news by sally

‘Companies who operate everything from prisons to parking services and prosecuting TV licence evaders must be made more accountable, campaigners say.’

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The Independent, 25th January 2016

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No case for rewriting FoI Act, says information commissioner – The Guardian

‘Advice given to ministers by civil servants should not be excluded from freedom of information legislation, according to the official responsible for overseeing the workings of the act.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2016

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Files detailing police spying operations against protesters published online – The Guardian

Posted January 15th, 2016 in demonstrations, freedom of information, internet, news, police, spying by sally

‘A large number of files detailing the covert police surveillance of campaigners and trade unionists have been published online following the launch of a new project.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2016

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New guidance for public bodies on FOI requests for information they intend to publish in future – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 11th, 2016 in codes of practice, disclosure, freedom of information, news, public interest by tracey

‘Public bodies will find it harder to justify decisions to withhold information requested under freedom of information (FOI) laws on the basis that they intend to publish the material in future where no date has been set for that publication, according to newly issued guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2016

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Sleepwalking sailors dismissed by Royal Navy – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2015 in armed forces, dismissal, freedom of information, news, sleepwalking by tracey

‘Revelation comes as armed forces’ rules are being updated and also to disqualify those who suffer from “sleep terrors.”’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2015

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Ex-civil service chief criticises government for attempts to curb FoI legislation – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2015 in civil servants, freedom of information, legislation, news by sally

‘The UK government’s reasons for curbing freedom of information laws have been challenged by Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2015

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‘Dark ages’ warning issued over freedom of information changes – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2015 in freedom of information, legislation, news by sally

‘Exempting advice given to ministers from freedom of information requests risks returning the UK to the “dark ages” of “private government”, the information commissioner has warned. Christopher Graham told a review into the legislation that changes to FoI being considered by a government commission could lead to a blanket ban on all advice being made available to the public.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Twitter found to be unsuitable means of communicating FOIA request – RPC Data Law and Privacy

Posted November 30th, 2015 in anonymity, freedom of information, internet, news by sally

‘The First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (the Tribunal) has held that a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 made via Twitter is not valid.’

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RPC Data Law and Privacy, 27th November 2015

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How students use FOI to investigate their universities – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2015 in freedom of information, news, universities by sally

‘Perhaps you want to know which universities make the most in library fines, or are curious about what the gender pay gap is like at the top. Or maybe you suspect your university staff are spending too much on first-class rail tickets or the dean’s office furnishings. These are just some of the ways that students are using freedom of information (FOI) requests to find out eye-opening facts about their universities’ activities.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2015

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Tweet Tweet? #silencingFOIontwitter – Panopticon

Posted November 19th, 2015 in electronic mail, freedom of information, internet, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Is a request for information made in a tweet a valid request within the meaning of sections 1 and 8 FOIA? Not in Ghafoor v Information Commissioner (EA/2015/0140). The FTT held that section 8(1) requires the request for information to be made using the “real name” of the person making it, and that the provision of an address for correspondence must one which is “suitable for correspondence” between the requestor and the public authority about the request.’

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Panopticon, 17th November 2015

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Government loses ‘pollutant of publicity’ FOI case – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2015 in freedom of information, government departments, news by tracey

‘The Cabinet Office has lost a tribunal case where it argued that publicly revealing how often a cabinet committee meets would harm the workings of government by introducing the “pollutant of publicity”.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2015

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FOI and Article 10: life after Kennedy (and Kenedi) – Panopticon

Posted November 5th, 2015 in freedom of expression, freedom of information, human rights, news by sally

‘The right to freedom of expression under Article 10(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights includes “freedom… to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority”. Does that mean that there is a human right to freedom of information?’

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Panopticon, 4th November 2015

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Freedom of Information Act misused by media to create stories, says Grayling – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2015 in freedom of information, government departments, media, news by sally

‘A Conservative cabinet minister has signalled a crackdown on the “misuse” of freedom of information requests as a means of researching stories for journalists.

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The Guardian, 29th October 2015

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Government accused of trying to water down Freedom of Information Act – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2015 in freedom of information, legislation, media, news by sally

‘The government has been accused of a “cynical and dangerous” attempt to water down important freedom of information legislation in a campaign uniting journalists and supporters of press freedom launched on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2015

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Stafford Hospital investigated over claims of a “cover-up” – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 9th, 2015 in children, freedom of information, hospitals, medical records, news by tracey

‘Police and health officials are investigating claims of an NHS “cover-up” over the death of a three-year old boy at Stafford Hospital.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2015

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Government refuses to publish legal basis for air strikes on Syria – The Independent

‘Two Government departments have refused to publish the legal advice that paved the way for Britain to launch a drone strike on Isis targets in Syria.’

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The Independent, 9th October 2015

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Charging Ahead under the EIR – Panopticon

‘It is difficult to imagine what could possibly have happened yesterday to cause the CJEU’s judgment in Case C-71/14 East Sussex County Council v Information Commissioner (judgment of 6 October 2015) to slip beneath the waves, but for those who spent the day reading, talking and thinking about Safe Harbo(u)rs (presumably something to do with shipping?) East Sussex represents a comforting return to normality, if not mundanity, where the CJEU is asked straightforward questions and it doesn’t quite answer them.’

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Panopticon, 7th October 2015

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Is it Getting Chilly in Here? – Panopticon

Posted October 7th, 2015 in benefits, freedom of information, news, tribunals by sally

‘It has been an admirable trend of Tribunals in FOIA cases over the last few years that they have been increasingly sceptical of assertions on the part of public authorities that disclosure will provide chilling effects on their activities. An inevitable pattern forms of an insistence that the sky will fall in if information is released, information is released (or leaked), and the sky appears not to fall in. Government grinds on. But Judge Jacobs has provided a little more comfort for such arguments in DWP v Information Commissioner, Slater & Collins [2015] UKUT 535 (AAC). The case related to various risk register documents related to Universal Credit.’

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Panopticon, 7th October 2015

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GP practices ‘offered rewards’ for not referring patients to hospitals – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in doctors, freedom of information, health, hospitals, inducements, news by tracey

‘GP practices are being offered thousands of pounds to cut the number of patients they refer to hospitals, according to an investigation.’

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The Guardian, 1st Ocotber 2015

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