This afternoon’s Tribunal decision in McGonagle v IC and MOD (EA/2011/0104) brings a sci-fi twist to FOIA caselaw. The decision is a straightforward application of the s. 40(2) exemption for personal data. The context is rather quirkier: the requester had sought the names of former Ministry of Defence officials responsible for UFO matters (note: that role has now been disbanded). The Tribunal found that the exemption applied. For those with an interest in such things, however, the MOD’s publication scheme provides rather a lot of UFO-related material.

Robin Hopkins