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Booyah! A second #FOI win against DHS. This time for this request:… for these documents relating to project governance of #robodebt. DHS has to give them to me within 28 days.
I was unsuccessful on "these aren't deliberative processes" grounds, but successful on public interest grounds. So huzzah!
Coming soon to @austlii as Justin Warren and Department of Human Services (No 2) (Freedom of information) [2019] AICmr 30 (6 June 2019)
JPW vs DHS 2: Public Interest Boogaloo #FOI #robodebt
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This decision on Freedom of Information is another nail in the coffin of Ireland's access to information regime. It's vital that journalists, @NUJOfficial, civil society groups, and public join with @RightToKnowIE in resisting slow death of "our" FOI Act:…
There is a slow and steady whittling away of our right of access to public information that is being fought every day and at the moment, we are losing this fight. In cases involving the President, the law has been retrospectively changed to try and shut down requests:
In this latest case involving UCC and a similar related decision on eNet, the rules of Freedom of Information are changing before our eyes. Public bodies are picking up on this, refusing requests on grounds they would never have even tried to use before:…
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1/5: EU notification procedure directive is stuck in trilogue because the Commission insists on sweeping new powers to control local decision-making re services. New research reveals Commission's flawed, deeply biased process for preparing the directive…
2/5: EU Commission didn't consult municipalities or their associations when preparing notification procedure directive, which will force all municipalities to ask the Commission for permission for new rules impacting services markets three months IN ADVANCE of making the decision
3/5: New documents released via #FOI reveal a very intimate working relationship between the Commission department responsible for the Notifications Procedure and three major industry #lobbying groups: BusinessEurope, EuroCommerce, and EuroChambres.…
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Yesterday I published a blog post analysing a new batch of documents that provide an extraordinary insight into the Scottish Government's #FOI policies and culture.

This thread contains some of the highlights and the full post is here:…
The documents are briefings intended to help prep key individuals before they were interviewed by the Scottish Information Commissioner as part of the recent investigation into the Scottish Government's handling of FOI.
The people who received a briefing were as follows:

•John Swinney (MSP)
•Keith Brown (MSP)
•Shona Robison (MSP)
•Davie Hutchison (SPAD)
•Liz Lloyd (SPAD)
•Colin McAllister (SPAD)
•Stewart Maxwell (SPAD)
•An official from the SPAD Private Office (whose name is redacted)
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So far today @WhatDoTheyKnow volunteers (assisted by @mySociety staff) have dealt with around fifty different matters related to the running of the service. Issues will keep coming in into the evening and overnight. Could you volunteer to help?…
Today four volunteers have been active, and we’ve worked directly with around four members of @mySociety staff (other staff will have been working on keeping the organisation running, sysadmin, etc. developing the software which runs the site, which all helps too).
@mySociety In addition to the “active” volunteers, as we operate internally transparently, other volunteers, including trustees, will have kept an eye on what’s happening, ready to comment/nudge/question/discuss if necessary.
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Thread: Here we go again - Gardaí have refused access to correspondence between former Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and Terry Prone & the Communications Clinic (Deletions of personal email details are mine)
They say the records do not fall under the (extremely narrow) #FOIA regime that applies to An #Garda Síochána. This only covers administrative records relating to human resources, finance, and procurement.
They have at least conceded the existence of such records, which is more information than I got when I submitted a similar request some time ago:
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Here's someone who's highly engaged in politics, news and society but didn't know about #MyHROptOut until this morning.

If you're in media and wondering if this needs more coverage, here's your answer. #MyHealthRecord #Privacy
Opting out doesn't appear to be going well for people so far. I've seen multiple reports of long wait times on the phone and web server crashes.

I've you're planning to opt out, I'd suggest maybe not doing it today, but definitely not waiting too long.

#MyHealthRecord #Privacy
For the record, I've gone back and forward on opting out myself.

As a journalist with strong interests in tech and privacy, I really want to see the system for myself. Kick its tyres and experience its flaws and limitations personally. But ...

#MyHealthRecord #Privacy
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@RichieVeitch Ta! Wish I didn't have to campaign re #CroydonCrash but @TfL @MayorofLondon REFUSE to respond to my request for investigation why @RAIB @ORR @BTP @SNCLavalin didn't receive @FirstGroupplc TOL Fatigue Audit. @Heidi_LDN?… @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM
@RichieVeitch @TfL @MayorofLondon @raib @orr @BTP @SNCLavalin @FirstGroupplc @Heidi_LDN @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM It's not like @SadiqKhan doesn't know about it...he was Chair of 23 May TfL Board Meeting when @MLiebreich ask for #CroydonCrash #CoverUp to be investigated so that "lessons can be learned" "won't happen again" @ValShawcross was at the same meeting too.
@RichieVeitch @TfL @MayorofLondon @raib @orr @BTP @SNCLavalin @FirstGroupplc @Heidi_LDN @CarolinePidgeon @KeithPrinceAM @SadiqKhan @MLiebreich @ValShawcross . @LeonDaniels inspired me to look into #CroydonCrash #CoverUp by announcing to SSHR Panel YEAR GO TODAY "An audit of First Group’s fatigue management processes had taken place, these were found to be satisfactory & did not give rise to any concerns."…
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