Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

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Enacted in 2000 and in operation in the UK since 2005, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has revealed information which has generated calls for constitutional reform. A massive 'information jurisprudence' has developed through the decisions of the Information Commissioner, the Information Tribunal and the courts. Governments' responses to the war on terror have involved increased resort to claims of national security and accompanying secrecy, but these developments have to exist alongside demands for FOI and transparency. FOI has to balance access to and protection of personal information, and major amendments have been made to the Data Protection Act in order to balance the competing demands of transparency and privacy. This detailed discussion of FOI laws and personal data laws examines the historical development of secrecy, national security and government, and their modern context.FER0082566 concerned the Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) which is not named separately as a PA under the FOIA but is a ... The EIR were the relevant code. The IC held that the PA had not dealt with the request in accordance with regs.

Title:Freedom of Information
Author:Patrick Birkinshaw
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-04-01


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