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No limits on freedom of information? What about the 13 pages of exemptions

This letter by the Campaign was published by The Guardian on 18 July 2012, in response to an article by the commentator Simon Jenkins.

Simon Jenkins takes a hefty swing at the Freedom of Information Act on the grounds that its “total disclosure” damages good government. (For the digital revolution, this is the Robespierre moment, 10 July). But there is no “total disclosure” under FOI as anyone who has grappled with the act’s 13 pages of exemptions knows.

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Decision on private emails prevents “industrial scale evasion of FOI”

The Campaign for Freedom of Information welcomed today’s decision by the Information Commissioner that the FOI Act applies to emails dealing with government business sent from ministers’ or officials’ private email accounts. The decision follows an FOI request by the Financial Times for details of emails between the Education Secretary Michael Gove and his special advisers dealing with departmental business sent using private email accounts.

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Guidance on private email accounts welcomed

The Campaign for Freedom of Information welcomed today’s guidance from the Information Commissioner confirming that emails dealing with public authority business sent using officials’ private email accounts are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The guidance points out that the same is true regardless of where information dealing with official business is held. This is because the Act applies not only to information held by a public authority but also to information held by “another person on behalf of the authority”.

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Powers to deal with email shredding should be strengthened

The Information Commissioner’s powers to prosecute authorities or officials who destroy information to prevent its release under the Freedom of Information Act should be strengthened, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information.

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