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Law in Context : Freedom of Information: The Law, the Practice and the Ideal - Patrick Birkinshaw

Law in Context

Freedom of Information: The Law, the Practice and the Ideal

Hardcover Published: 30th April 2010
ISBN: 9780521888028
Number Of Pages: 578

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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.

Persistent themes and novel problems
National security
Government and information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000
The exemptions
Decision notices and appeals
The environmental information regulations
Privacy, access and data protection
Claims and counter claims
Secrecy and access in the European Union
Openness, information and the courts
Freedom of information: overseas experience
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521888028
ISBN-10: 0521888026
Series: Lae in Context Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 578
Published: 30th April 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.29
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised