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What Hope for Freedom of Information in the UK?

Andrew McDonald

in Transparency: The Key to Better Governance?

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263839
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263839.003.0008

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

What Hope for Freedom of Information in the UK?

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This chapter assesses freedom of information (FOI) in the United Kingdom. It discusses the terminology associated with FOI, namely, transparency and openness. FOI refers to access to non-personal information; the regulation of personal information is typically governed by privacy or data-protection laws. Some jurisdictions take an integrated approach to both categories of information, but this chapter focuses on information that does not relate primarily to the individual. The family of information statutes – encompassing FOI, privacy, official secrecy and the like – are known collectively as Access to Information laws. Finally, open government is a term close to openness, since both are concerned with systems and delivery.

Keywords: United Kingdom; freedom of information; transparency; openness; privacy; data protection; Access to Information; official secrecy; open government

Chapter.  7372 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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