Open Up: ICO Consultation on FOIA/EIR

News comes our way of a consultation exercise being run by the ICO on its new proposed ‘Access to Information Strategy’. You can read more about it here. Titled ‘Openness by Design’, it is a proposed strategy which will – in particular – aim to improve standards of openness, transparency and participation on the part of public authorities, including by increasing the impact of enforcement activity through targeting of systemic non-compliance. That is probably the most significant headline of the draft, but there are a number of aims to improve confidence in the openness and accountability of public authorities, by greater proactivity on the part of the ICO. Consultation responses are sought by 8 March 2019.

Christopher Knight