Tag Archives: Freedom of Information

Upper Tribunal says “small data” is not exempt under FOIA

The Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) in IC v Miller [2018] UKUT 229 (AAC) has rejected an appeal brought by the Information Commissioner (IC), which was in relation to a First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) decision finding that “small data” (i.e., data concerning five or fewer individuals or households) was not exempt from disclosure under the Freedom … Continue Reading

Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 finally in force

On 18 July 2015, the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1415) (‘the New Regulations’) came into force, replacing the 2005 Regulations of the same name (SI 2005/1515). The New Regulations permit individuals and businesses to apply to public authorities to re‑use public sector information (‘PSI’) that was previously generated for a different … Continue Reading

ICO Information Rights Strategy 2012 – UK regulator identifies information security as continuing priority while targeting Financial Services, Health and Telecoms/New Media for close attention

This post was written by Nick Tyler. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection and freedom of information regulator, has launched a high level “Information Rights Strategy”. In it, the ICO identifies the following priority areas: Internet and mobile services; health; credit and finance; criminal justice; and information security. The ICO will focus on … Continue Reading

Plain Vanilla or Rocky Road? – UK Tribunal ruling on release of anonymised data sure to court controversy

This post was written by Nick Tyler. In a case involving the “extraordinary rendition and related issues” of individuals detained or captured by UK soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) has taken what many will view as a practical and realistic approach to when personal data can be anonymised effectively … Continue Reading

‘Protection of Freedoms Bill’ published – will ‘common sense’ prevail?

This post was also written Nick Tyler. Now that the UK Coalition Government has published its Protection of Freedoms Bill (the Bill) the big question is whether the proposed changes will achieve their objective “to restore the rights of individuals in the face of encroaching state power, in keeping with Britain’s tradition of freedom and fairness”. Key … Continue Reading

ICO welcomes ‘Freedom Bill’ proposals to extend scope of Freedom of Information Act, increase ICO independence and introduce charges for regulatory services.

This post was also written by Nick Tyler. Last week the UK Government announced a package of measures focused on extending the scope of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and strengthening the independence of the UK’s data protection and freedom of information regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The anticipated Freedom Bill (to be published … Continue Reading
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