July 2006 Archives

HM Treasury have replied, exactly within the statutory 20 working days, to our FOIA request about the RIPA Part III consultation.

Essentially they have had no contact with the Home Office over this issue.

Strangely, they mention the "Freedom of Information Act 2003" - presumably a typo.

The Department of Trade and Industry have replied to our FOIA request about the RIPA Part III consultation, just within the statutory 20 working days.

Still no news from Her Majesty's Treasury.

The DTI mention a meeting with the Home Office the 30th of July, but they probably mean June.

Would this meeting have taken place anyway, or would the topic of the potential business impact of the Code of Practice on the legal definition of an Electronic Signature, have been on the agenda for this meeting, had there not been a Freedom of Information Act request to prompt it ?

This possible aspect of FOIA requests does not seem to have been discussed much.

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This United Kingdom based blog has been spawned from Spy Blog, and is meant to provide a place to track our Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests to United Kingdom Government and other Public Authorities.

If you have suggestions for other FOIA requests,  bearing in mind the large list of exemptions, then email them to us, or use the comments facility on this blog, and we will see  what we can do, without you yourself having to come under the direct scrutiny of  "Sir Humphrey Appleby" or his minions.

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WhatDoTheyKnow.com - FOIA request submission and publication website from MySociety.org

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Campaign for the Freedom of Information

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NO2ID - opposition to the Home Office's Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database.

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Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area restricting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.

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Yes, Minister Series 1, Episode 1, "Open Government" First airtime BBC: 25 February 1980

"Bernard Woolley: "Well, yes, Sir...I mean, it [open government] is the Minister's policy after all."
Sir Arnold: "My dear boy, it is a contradiction in terms: you can be open or you can have government."

FOIA Links

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Office of the Information Commissioner,
who is meant to regulate the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Scottish Information Commissioner,
who similarly regulates the Freedom of Information Act (Scotland) 2002

Information Tribunal - deals with appeals against decisions by the Information Commissioners.

Freedom of Information pages - Department for Constitutional Affairs

Friends of the Earth FOIA Request Generator and links to contact details for Central Government Departments and their Publication Schemes

UK Government Information Asset Register - in theory, this should point you to the correct Government documents, but in practice...well see for yourself.

Access all Information is also logging some FOIA requests

foi.mysociety.org - prototype FOIA request submission, tracking and publication website

Blog Links

Spy Blog

UK Freedom of Information Act Blog - started by Steve Wood, now handed over to Katherine Gundersen

Your Right To Know - Heather Brooke

Informaticopia - Rod Ward

Open Secrets - a blog about freedom of information by BBC journalist Martin Rosenbaum

Panopticon blog - by Timothy Pitt-Payne and Anya Proops. Timothy Pitt-Payne is probably the leading legal expert on the UK's Freedom of Information Act law, often appearing on behlaf of the Information Commissioner's Office at the Information Tribunal.

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