Angry birds

With two blogs already published on the question of Tweeted FOIs, there is every reason not to add to the noise. Alistair (@alistair_sloan) Sloan, from a legal perspective, has argued persuasively that a Tweeted FOI request has enough of the characteristics of a FOI request to often be valid. Bilal (@FOIkid) Ghafoor, from a more […]

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Here be Dragons

I assume that somewhere, there is a rota. Once in a while, an organisation emerges to complain about the moronic FOI requests they receive, and the high cost of dealing with them. Inevitably, a small number of idiots will have obliged by making some eye-catchingly stupid requests, and so the public authority will be able to imply that […]

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Does my briefing look big in this?

On his blog, David Higgerson, the journalist and Digital Publishing director for Trinity Mirror, reports an interesting case from Hackney Council. Rebecca Helmsley made an FOI request to the Council via What Do They Know about the death of a person in a children’s home in the 1980s. During the process, Hackney accidentally appended the wrong […]

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Sweet Charity

Two stories involving charities caught my eye this week because both seemed to indicate a belief that the normal rules should not apply to charities. The first is a bit of a puzzler – naturally one might sympathise with the environmental campaign group Global Witness, who are mired in a court case over their use […]

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Call the Cops

In June 2013, the Swansea-based company CPR Global proudly announced that their nuisance-call-busting Call Blocker had received a significant accolade – the device was now endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Having been vetted by their approved agent, the Call Blocker now carries ACPO’s ‘Secured By Design’ logo. It is police approved. Every […]

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Goodbye Silver Service, Say Hello to Lead

The Information Commissioner has two powers to make FOI and the EIRs work, and a backup power to facilitate the other two. They’re found in FOI but apply to both. Under Section 50, the Commissioner can resolve a complaint about an individual FOI / EIR complaint by issuing a Decision Notice, which determines whether the […]

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The Value of Nothing

A few days ago, a tweet from Philip Nye alerted me to the fact that Bury Council have joined the short line of organisations who include the cost of processing an FOI request when responding. FOI Man wrote about a police force doing this last year. Given that Bury still answer the requests, it is […]

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