Post legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Justice Committee
Publisher: The Stationery Office
ISBN: 0215047338
Release Date: 2012-07-26
Genre: Political Science

Some former Ministers and senior civil servants argue that Freedom of Information (FOI) is having a 'chilling effect' on policy discussion at the heart of government. The Committee recognised there could be a problem--at least of perception. However the existing provisions of the Act could be used more effectively, including use of the ministerial veto to ensure a "safe space" for high-level policy discussions. The number of FOI requests is growing and some witnesses suggested introducing fees for FOI. However, while FOI imposes costs, it also creates savings when the inappropriate use of public funds is uncovered - or where fear of disclosure prevents the waste of public money. Setting fees could deter requests with a strong public interest and therefore defeat the purposes of the Act. Fees introduced purely for commercial and media organisations could also be circumvented. The MPs recommended: higher fines should be imposed for destruction of information or data and the time limit should be removed on prosecution of these offences; the law should be amended to protect universities from having to disclose research and data before the research has been published; all public bodies subject to the Act should be required to publish data on the timeliness of their response to freedom of information requests; the right to access information must not be undermined by the increased use of private providers in delivering public services and contracts for private providers should be explicit and enforceable in stipulating FOI obligations; where public authorities publish disclosure logs, the names of those requesting information should be included

Freedom of Information

Author: Shannon E. Martin
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 0820481815
Release Date: 2008
Genre: History

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law during the last half of the twentieth century to ensure public access to government documents. In this book, Shannon E. Martin details the history that led to the law's enactment and the resulting discoveries in government repositories over the past fifty years. In light of the ongoing national security war on terror, this is a timely and historical overview of the accessibility of government-held information.

Blackstone s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Author: John Wadham
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199692217
Release Date: 2011-05-26
Genre: Law

The new edition of this popular Blackstone's Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides a comprehensive overview of the Act, combined with comment and analysis on the effect of the legislation, along with a full copy of the Act itself.

Freedom of Information Act

Author: Christopher L. Henry
Publisher: Nova Publishers
ISBN: 1590337204
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Law

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which can be found in Title 5 of the United States Code, section 552, was enacted in 1966 and provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. All agencies of the United States government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records that are protected from disclosure by nine exemptions and three exclusions of the FOIA. This right of access is enforceable in court. The federal FOIA does not, however, provide access to records held by state and local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals. All states have their own statutes governing public access to state and local records. This book serves as a reference guide to familiarize the reader with the specific procedures for making a FOIA request to the Department of Justice. By applying the information that this book provides, the process is neither complicated nor time consuming. The book also includes descriptions of the types of records maintained by different parts of the Department, some of which are available through means other than the FOIA.

Freedom of Information

Author: Patrick Birkinshaw
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139487498
Release Date: 2010-04-01
Genre: Law

Enacted in 2000 and in operation in the UK since 2005, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has revealed information which has generated calls for constitutional reform. A massive 'information jurisprudence' has developed through the decisions of the Information Commissioner, the Information Tribunal and the courts. Governments' responses to the war on terror have involved increased resort to claims of national security and accompanying secrecy, but these developments have to exist alongside demands for FOI and transparency. FOI has to balance access to and protection of personal information, and major amendments have been made to the Data Protection Act in order to balance the competing demands of transparency and privacy. This detailed discussion of FOI laws and personal data laws examines the historical development of secrecy, national security and government, and their modern context.

Freedom of Information

Author: Kaye Stearman
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781448860197
Release Date: 2011-12
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Introduces the topic of freedom of information, providing readers with case studies and arguments that highlight the positive and negative impact such information can have.

Freedom of Information

Author: Robert G. Vaughn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351566520
Release Date: 2017-07-05
Genre: Political Science

This volume contains articles examining freedom of information statutes, including those protecting government employees who expose official misconduct. Using United States laws as examples, the articles explore the relationship of these laws to administrative and constitutional theory in the United States. In addition, they demonstrate how varying conceptions of information illuminate the controversies in the application of these laws to the revolution in the electronic storage and retrieval of information. The articles allow the reader to speculate how the connection of these laws to liberal democratic theory explains their recent adoption in several countries and their international application.

Freedom of Information Act Requirements and Implementation Continue to Evolve

Author: Valerie C. Melvin
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9781437930870
Release Date: 2011-01

This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes that federal agencies must provide the public with access to government information, enabling them to learn about government operations and decisions. To help ensure proper implementation, the act requires that agencies annually report specific information about their FOIA operations, such as numbers of requests received and processed and other statistics. In work reported from 2001 to 2008, the auditor examined the annual reports for major agencies, describing the status of reported implementation and any observable trends. This testimony discusses previous work on FOIA implementation, as well as on selected changes in the FOIA landscape resulting from legislation, policy, and guidance.

Freedom of Information in a Post 9 11 World

Author: Charles H Sides
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351844291
Release Date: 2017-03-02
Genre: Psychology

"Freedom of Information in a Post 9-11 World" is, to date, the first international scholarly examination of the impact of the terrorist attack on the United States in terms of how it may alter academic and corporate research, as well as the sharing of information generated by that research, by international colleagues in technological fields. The collection of essays brings together a widely varied panel of communications experts from different backgrounds and cultures to focus their expertise on the ramifications of this world-changing event. Drawing upon the related but separate disciplines of law, interpersonal communication, semiotics, rhetoric, management, information sciences, and education, the collection adds new insight to the potential future challenges high-tech professionals and academics will face in a global community that now seems much less communal than it did prior to September 11, 2001.

Open Government

Author: Andrew McDonald
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781349147298
Release Date: 2016-07-27
Genre: Political Science

What does open government mean in practice? This book offers an authoritative and highly topical look at the implementation of reform from senior academics and civil servants. Britain's situation and future requirements are set in context by insights from other Westminster systems of government, namely Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. Each of these accounts is itself an original contribution to the literature on that country's experience. Throughout, the emphasis in upon freedom of information and privacy issues.