Goodbye Blogger

I have three inflammatory blog posts on the go at the moment and for various reasons I either cannot finish them or cannot post them (if you know me, you will be able to guess why not). So in the meantime, I have decided to jump on the bandwagon leaving Blogger in droves because of […]

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The Cabinet Office & FOI, A Retrospective, 2010-2011

As you know, FOI is under threat from a disparate coalition of interest groups, all of whom profess strong support for the idea of FOI and transparency in principle, but who object strongly when it applies to them. As I have already blogged, it’s the FOI equivalent of saying ‘I’m not racist but..” With friends […]

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Do They Know What 2: The Revenge

Last week, I blogged my reservations about What Do They Know. Although I received none of the abuse from the wilder contingent of the site’s users that I was hoping for, various volunteers and friends of the site commented in a friendly, more-in-sorrow-than-anger kind of way. One of them (the Director of My Society, Tom […]

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WDTK: Comment from Andrew Ecclestone

I think one of the issues is that which also affects Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  ISPs argue that, like the post and telephone companies, they can’t be held liable for what is transmitted via the communication channel that they provide.  They are simply neutral providers of a communications facility, and do not – and should […]

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Carry On Motorman

My next blog post was supposed to be something a bit different, but I’m waiting for someone to respond to a complaint I’ve made before completing it. In the meantime, all I have is more Motorman ICO material. The muddle over the legal advice I wanted that they didn’t have and the legal advice they did […]

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Today’s post is brought to you by the letters I, C and O

Previously on the 2040 Information Law Blog… Last September, a former Investigator from the Information Commissioner’s office (subsequently identified as Alec Owens) gave an interview to the Independent, in which he condemned his erstwhile employer for bottling the decision to prosecute journalists who had employed the private investigator Steve Whittamore. The Deputy Information Commissioner, David […]

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The War on Freedom of Information

Years ago, I was told what I assumed was an apocryphal story that New Labour had intended to remove the commitment to Freedom of Information from the draft of the 1997 General Election Manifesto, but someone had forgotten to do so. Saddled with this albatross, the politicians lied through their teeth and pretended they were […]

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A Christmas Quiz

Around this time last year, I was stuck in a queue to get onto the A5103 into Manchester one rainy morning, when I realised that I would be 40 in just over two years. I was stubbornly keeping a foot in the normal working world, despite getting nothing out of my job, and working for […]

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