Monthly Archives: October 2015

Freedom of Information: The Future

Is the future bright for Freedom of Information? In July the Commission on Freedom of Information was established by the Cabinet Office (which now has responsibility for FOI). Its terms of reference are: “[To] review the Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading

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Surveillance under RIPA: neither a strict legal framework nor rigorously overseen – Sam Lincoln

Originally posted on UK Human Rights Blog:
Those charged with the task of protecting the public from harm resort to assertion similar to that here attributed to a GCHQ spokesperson: Our work is carried out in accordance with a strict…

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Jumping on the charity bashing gravy train.

Returned from holiday to a mountain of mail. Usually this is good fun but recently it’s turned into a nightmare of more and more charity mailings. First off today was British Heart Foundation. A good cause and I walk voluntarily … Continue reading

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Scottish Information Commissioner’s Annual Report

2014/15 saw the 10th anniversary of FOI in Scotland. In September the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, published her annual report for 2014/15.  Ms Agnew enforces the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). Highlights of the report include: Public … Continue reading

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Is the Freedom of Information Act ‘working effectively’?

Image by Kevan via Creative Commons By Steven McGinty In July, Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, Lord Bridges, announced that there would be an independent cross-party review on Freedom of Information (FOI). The UK’s FOI Act was introduced in … Continue reading

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CCTV and the Law

By Steve Morris The updated version of the Information Commissioner’s CCTV Code of Practice address the rising phenomena of surveillance technologies and methods. No longer are surveillance cameras passive image collectors, providing a resource for immediate use or historical evidence. … Continue reading

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