Twins separated at birth: The re-convergence of data protection and freedom of information – Perry Keller

23 02 2019

The governance of decision-making algorithms is now a pressing issue across many fields of law and policy. Yet, given the technical opacity of advanced data analytics, finding ways to ensure meaningful transparency and sustainable accountability is currently, at best, a work in progress. Read the rest of this entry »





Canada: Reforming the Access to Information Act for better open government – Sabrina Wilkinson

28 07 2018

This August, the Government of Canada will kick off its fourth plan on open government. The introduction of this strategy will be a culmination of nearly a year of consultations as well the anniversary of Canada’s assumed seat on the Open Government Partnership (OGP) steering committee, “a global multilateral initiative [aimed at] securing solid commitments from governments to promote transparency” and other forms of better governance. Read the rest of this entry »





Information blackout at the Council of Europe? – David Erdos

6 02 2018

Especially in Britain given our intended imminent departure from the EU, it is clear that the Council of Europe has crucial significance to our continent and indeed the world.  Founded as far back as 1949 and with 47 Member States with over 800 million people, it focuses on some of the most difficult and controversial issues concerning human rights, democracy and the rule of law.  Read the rest of this entry »





The European Court of Human Rights and Access to Information: Clarifying the Status, with Room for Improvement – Nani Jansen Reventlow and Jonathan McCully

23 11 2016

european-court-of-human-rights-source-garant-ruOn 8 November 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down a much-anticipated judgment on the right of access to information. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber recognises an Article 10 right to access to information

8 11 2016

Perincek Grand ChamberThe Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights today handed down judgment in the case of Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v. Hungary (application no. 18030/11).  It held (15:2) that there is an Article 1o right to public access to information where access to the information is instrumental for the individual’s exercise of his or her right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





News: ICO issues Annual Report, 2016-2016: More than 20,000 complaints and over £2m in monetary penalties

29 06 2016

ico_blue_flex_logoThe Information Commissioner’s Office has released its annual report for 2015-2016.  This is is Christoper Graham’s last annual report after 7 years in office. Mr Graham said that there had been a year of “real achievement”. He said “We have delivered on our objectives, responding to new challenges, and preparing for big changes, particularly in the data protection and privacy field.” Read the rest of this entry »





FOI: Victory for Transparency as Tribunal orders disclosure of former Prime Ministers expenses – Gabriel Webber

31 03 2016

Former PMsOn 22 March 2016 in the case of Webber v Information Commissioner [pdf] (EA/2015/0194) the First-Tier Tribunal ordered disclosure of the details of the “Public Duty Cost Allowance” of up to £115,000 a year provided to former Prime Ministers. Read the rest of this entry »