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Nov 25, 2021 • 22 tweets • 9 min read
Info Commissioner Elizabeth Denham tells @CommonsPACAC there is a "need for urgent reform in legislation as well as more powers and resources for our office"
@CommonsPACAC Denham, in her oral evidence to @CommonsPACAC: FOI working well at local level, but for more politically complex/sensitive requests timeliness and openness have deteriorated; and oversight of FOI act is not fit for purpose
Nov 24, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Important Upper Tribunal decision relating to common practice of public authorities to withhold exact numbers where they are under 5 - Tribunal rules that NHSBSA was *wrong* to do this & shld release exact figs (via @11kbw): assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/6135fb74…
Public bodies replying to FOI requests say they do this to protect personal data. The Tribunal rules the legal issue is a binary test of whether an individual is identifiable from the info, and not to do with "identification risk". In this case NHSBSA wrongly withheld exact figs.