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Sell your friend’s email for £25!

It’s quite simple. You’ve just bought a product and the company who just sold it to you asks for a friend’s email so they can market to them. If they buy then you (and them) get a cheque for £25. … Continue reading

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A Conservative Majority Government with Michael Gove as Justice Secretary! What now for Freedom of Information?

So now we have Conservative majority government, contrary to the pollsters’ predicted. I know what you are thinking; what now for Freedom of Information? Unlike Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives did not mention FOI in their election manifesto … Continue reading

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Our survey said…

    I bought a new car. On delivery day it was in the showroom draped in a royal blue cloth with a sign saying Reserved for Mr Onassis. The salesman before handing me the keys mumbled in an apologetic … Continue reading

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Information, Documents or Both – What is available under FOI?

It is an oft-repeated phrase that the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) provides a right of access to information but not documents. A recent Court of Appeal decision shows that it is not that straightforward an issue. Section 1 contains … Continue reading

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RIPA and Communications Data: 2014 Annual Report

    Local authorities have powers, under Part I Chapter 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000(RIPA), to acquire communications data from Communications Service Providers (CSPs). The definition of “communications data” includes information relating to the use of … Continue reading

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Is my PD my PD?

Myopic readers will have noticed that the selling of spectacles has migrated to the internet. There are many suppliers who will take your order, make up your glasses and post them to you for a very reasonable price. They don’t … Continue reading

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The @BCS FOI Certificate: A Career Boost

“The course gives you a greater understanding of FOI and EIR, as well as giving you greater confidence in their application. I feel that I can now advise on FOI and EIR with more authority.” GJ, TFL “Excellent course materials … Continue reading

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