Category Archives: Deceased Records

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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FOI Requests From Heir Hunters

The poor quality of the British daytime television schedule means that one who is off sick or “working” from home, often has a choice between BBC Parliament, School for Stars and Heir Hunters. (Yes dear reader, I have done our … Continue reading

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What is “information” under FOI?

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information 2000 (FOI) contains the general right of access to information held by public authorities. But what exactly is “information”? Section 84 defines information as “information recorded in any form.” This includes information held … Continue reading

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Freedom of Information Caselaw Roundup

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) applies to information held by a public authority or held on its behalf by another person (Section 3(2)). What of information about people working for a public authority but who are legally employed … Continue reading

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