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Consultation responses

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 […]

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Response to ICO consultation ‘Openness by Design: Our draft access to information strategy’

We welcome the introduction of a draft access to information strategy, particularly as recent ICO strategic documents such as the ‘Information Rights Strategic Plan 2017-2021’ and the ‘Regulatory Action Policy’ primarily reflect a data protection perspective even though they apply to the full range of the ICO’s functions including FOI. We are extremely pleased to

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Response to the ICO’s call for comments on its draft ‘Regulatory Action Policy’

The Information Commissioner’s Office has invited comments on a draft policy setting out its approach to taking action against those who have breached the legislation it enforces. The Campaign’s response states: “Although the draft Regulatory Action Policy purports to address the ICO’s policy in relation to all the legislation it enforces, the focus on data protection,

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Proposal would lead to indiscriminate secrecy about NHS safety investigations

A new legal block on the disclosure of information about NHS safety investigations will fuel public suspicion of cover-ups and protect poor quality inquiries from scrutiny, says the Campaign for Freedom of Information. The Department of Health has proposed new arrangements for investigating serious hospital safety incidents. The aim is to encourage staff to speak

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Fees for FOI appeals

The Ministry of Justice is consulting on proposals that fees should be introduced for appeals to the Tribunal against Information Commissioner FOI decisions. The proposals would have serious implications for individual FOI requesters and the general public. However, figuring out precisely where these proposals can be found is a little tricky.

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Comments on draft transparency clause for government contracts

The Campaign has commented on proposals for a draft transparency clause produced by the Crown Commercial Service, a Cabinet Office agency. The clause is intended to be included in an updated version of the Model Services Contract which is designed for use by government departments when procuring services. The Government is committed in the Open Government Partnership

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