Category Archives: Freedom of Information

Scottish Information Commissioner’s Annual Report 2016/17

Last month, Margaret Keyse, the Acting Scottish Information Commissioner, published her annual report for 2016/17.  Amongst other laws, Ms Keyse enforces the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). The report reveals that during 2016/17: Public awareness of FOISA remained … Continue reading

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Councillors, council tax arrears and FOI

Some council chiefs, as well as some councillors, do not like the Freedom of Information Act 2000(FOI) claiming, amongst other things, that it costs too much and is used to request trivial information. Against this backdrop, how do council FOI … Continue reading

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New Local Government Transparency Code Consultation

The Local Government Transparency Code is due to be updated once again to require local authorities to proactively publish even more information. The Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on proposals to require councils to publish: more information about land and property assets they … Continue reading

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New IRMS Certificate in Information Governance

  Today, the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) and Act Now Training launched the IRMS Foundation Certificate in Information Governance. This represents the first fully online certificated course covering data protection, freedom of information and records management. In difficult … Continue reading

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Freedom of Information Commission Report

    The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information was established by the Cabinet Office in July last year to examine the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) and whether it required any changes. In October I … Continue reading

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Public Health Funerals, Heir Hunters and Freedom of Information

  Local authorities are seeing a substantial increase in the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from heir tracing companies for information about those who have had public health funerals. Recent appeal decisions from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) … Continue reading

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We don’t hold your data! (well… not for long anyway).

                Dear Sir or Madam: I recently received a mailing from you. I’d like you to send me a copy of the personal data you hold on me. I am particularly interested in … Continue reading

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