Freedom of Information

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Public Records Act 1958
Government and public bodies' documents to be released, if approved, after 50 years.
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Public Records Act 1967
Government and public bodies' documents to be released after 30 years, unless found to be an exemption.
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Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010
Reduced the holding period to 20 years, to be completed by 2020, again, open to exemptions.
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Freedom of Information Act
An Act introduced by the Blair administration in 2000, finalised bill by 2005 to improve transparency by government departments, reduce secrecy, and aid trust between the public and governments.
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Freedom of Information Exemptions
Criminal investigations, ready for publication, accessible elsewhere, Royal Family, Secret Services, Economic prejudices, national security issues.
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Tony Blair's views
Mistake. An idiotic silly thing to do as it is used by journalists as political weapons.
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1998 Your Right to Know.
A white paper:A requester may ask for any information that is held by a public authority. However, this does not mean you are always obliged to provide the information.
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GDPR
There is also an exemption for personal data if releasing it would be contrary to the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) or the Data Protection Act 2018
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Charities and Think Tanks
Charities and think tanks are not forced to publish documents, for example the institute for economic affairs will not say their funding, allows for potential corruption when they are affecting policy.
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2018: the Secret Services
criticised for being out of control; what with their measurements and policies, tapping public phones, at one point 85% of all UK domestic lines; internet and phones.
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FOI and the Iraq War
Came out about being tortured by the CIA and knowing. Could see about casulties through how much the MoD has paid in compensation to families.
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FOI and expenses
This was how the expenses scandal came out.
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The Offical History of MI5
This was done in 2009, have to be considerate of the fact he is deliberately chosen, the book is approved, and only he can make judgements about the sources. To be history, you should cite primary material.
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Official History of Suez
Encouraged to shut people up for information, can be used to create a dominant narrative of events, a whiggish history.
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Right to Know?
It is a balance between the publics' right to know, the right to secrecy and the right to publish, freedom of Speech. Freedom of Information, government transparency is not a right.
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Public Records Act 1967

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Government and public bodies' documents to be released after 30 years, unless found to be an exemption.

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Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

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Freedom of Information Act

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Freedom of Information Exemptions

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