Freedom of Information

This course provides understanding of The Freedom of Information Act 2000. It explores its role in promoting transparency, the procedure for information requests, the difference between this Act and the Data Protection Act 2018, handling of vexatious requests, and the appeal process. The course also discusses the role of the Independent Commission Office (ICO) and the use of publication schemes by public authorities.

Understand what The Freedom of Information Act is, what it ensures and why it is important for society
Learn which Public Authorities are obliged to fulfil Freedom of Information Requests and which are exempt from The Act
Gain knowledge on what information a requester should provide, what information can be requested and how Public Authorities may respond
Understand why Public Authorities may deny requests and learn what a vexatious request is
Learn about appealing a refusal and the role of The Independent Commission Office (ICO)

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