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ICO FOI backlog remains high

The Information Commissioner’s Office has disclosed a dataset of its active FOI caseload in response to an FOI request by the Campaign. It shows that on 25th April 2022: There were 2,272 active cases. (This is a slight reduction on the 2,317 cases in data disclosed to Martin Rosenbaum in August 2021). The oldest case

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FOI and the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted calls for the FOI Act to be relaxed and led some public authorities to announce that they will stop answering FOI requests. However, pressure for FOI time limits to be formally extended has been averted, probably by the Information Commissioner’s Office’s announcement that it will not penalise public authorities for

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Landmark ruling on Article 10

In a landmark decision, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has ruled in the case of Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v. Hungary that there is a right to information from public authorities under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The UK’s Supreme Court had previously found that the Strasbourg court’s

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No strength in numbers

FOI requesters should not encourage others to apply for the same information in order to put pressure on the authority to release it. The tactic is likely to backfire leading to the request being refused as vexatious, as a recent tribunal case shows (Michael Sivier v Information Commissioner, EA/2013/0277).

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