Tag Archives: Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (UK) case update: Upper Tribunal rules in favour of disclosure of ministerial communications

Introduction In late 2018, the Upper Tribunal of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal released two significant decisions as to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, section 35, which provides the government a limited basis to withhold communications from disclosure. These are Department for Education v Information Commissioner & Whitmey [2018] UKUT 348 and Cabinet Office v … Continue Reading

Right to be Forgotten – High Courts Disagree

On May 12, 2016, The French High Court (“Cour de Cassation”) rendered a short decision stating that the right to be forgotten does not supersede the freedom of press.  In this case, two brothers took legal action against a famous French daily newspaper. The two individuals requested that their respective names be removed from search results … Continue Reading

UK Parliamentarians Seek FOI Changes To Force Private Sector Suppliers To Disclose NHS Contract Details

By Tom Jackson and Phil Bradley-Schmieg A cross-party group of UK Members of Parliament (“MPs”) is seeking to amend the UK’s ‘freedom of information’ regime under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”) to also cover current and prospective private sector suppliers to the National Health Service (“NHS”) in England and Wales. The Freedom of … Continue Reading

UK Government Opens a New Consultation on Access to Public Data

On 4 August, 2011, the Cabinet Office of the UK Government opened a new public consultation on disclosure and access to public sector data.  The consultation, which seeks to “establish a culture of openness” in the public sector, comes soon after a statement from the ICO suggesting that public sector organisations should respond to Freedom of … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Holds Corporations’ Secrets Not Protected By Freedom of Information Act Exemption for “Personal Privacy”

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), citizens have a right to obtain documents from federal agencies.  However, agencies may withhold documents from request for several reasons, including to protect “personal privacy.”  Does the exemption for “personal privacy” protect the privacy of corporations in addition to that of individuals?  In its recent decision in Federal Communications … Continue Reading
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