TITLE

The Freedom of Information Act: social revolution or most notable for its exemptions?

AUTHOR(S)
Tomlinson, Hugh; Kentridge, Janet
PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
Lawyer;1/17/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p13
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on the Freedom of Information Act went live in Great Britain on January 1, 2005. More than 100,000 public authorities will have to respond to information access requests within a short time frame, usually 20 days. Anybody can request information of any type from any public authority, which has a duty to respond and, unless a statutory exemption applies, has to provide the information requested. If the cost of providing that information is less than £450, there will he no fee. The consequences are potentially revolutionary, with untold millions of pages of documents and computer files being opened up to public scrutiny.
ACCESSION #
15824666

 

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