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ICO consultation on prioritisation of access to information complaints

The Campaign for Freedom of Information has responded to the Information Commissioner’s consultation on its proposals for prioritising access to information complaints. 

We welcome the ICO’s proposed objective of prioritising complaints that are of significant public interest and its target of prioritising 10-15% of all complaints, while improving the speed with which non-prioritised cases are dealt with. These are ambitious targets which may not be easy to meet. If achieved they will – together with the separately proposed action to address delays by public authorities – reinvigorate the whole FOI system.

However, we:

  • do not agree that particular types of requester should be given priority
  • have serious concerns about the ICO’s proposal to reject more complaints as ‘frivolous or vexatious’ without investigation. The way in which this would be done would also deprive requesters of any right of appeal against the ICO’s decision.

Read our full response

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