Freedom of Information headlines, week ending 26th October 2012
Here are our Freedom of Information headlines from the last week, ending 26th October 2012.
UK Freedom of information headlines – week ending 26th October
A round up of all the most important Freedom of Information news, and best uses for the week ending 26th October 2012. Brought to you by @FOIdirectory. Follow us on Twitter for updates and news about FOI, plus a brand new website coming soon.
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1. Topping our Freedom of Information headlines this week is the news that mobile phone and data company O2 have attracted the most complaints about data protection in Britain. A very comprehensive report on data from a FOI by Tech week Europe shows the mobile giant received 48 data protection complaints in the space of a year. This is more than Sony, who had 3 million Playstation Network users’ details leaked in a massive data breach and more than Google who received complaints relating to their implementation of Google Street View. The Freedom of Information request also shows that the Department for Work and Pensions was the government body who attracted the most data protection complaints.
O2 Attracts Most ICO Data Protection Complaints In All Of BritainExclusive: An FOI request reveals O2 has attracted more data protection complaints in one year than Google and Sony combined Major Britis…
2. Next up we have two Freedom of Information requests from extradition campaigner Julia O’Dwyer, her son is facing extradition to the United States. The FOI requests show the total spent, so far, on legal extradition cases by the Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service. In total these are equal to more than £200,000. In total the Home Office has spent £133,000 on 7 extradition cases, not including Julian Assange, which it can be imagined would add a significant amount more. And the CPS has spent £100,000 on cases including £90,000 on the case of Babar Ahmad who was recently extradited to the United States. The CPS has so far spent more than £2,000 on the case of Richard O’Dwyer who has an appeal on his extradition next month.
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3. MP Tom Watson posted a Freedom of Information request on his website earlier in the week which showed seven meetings between Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Metropolitain Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates during the height of the phone hacking scandal being in the press. However none of the meetings have recorded minutes which were retained or kept by the police.
“25 May 2010, 14 June 2010, 15 July 2010, 8 November 2010, 10 January 2011, 1 February 2011, 21 April 2011, 3 May 2011.
None of these meetings took place on MPS premises and no minutes of these meetings have been identified as received/retained by the MPS.”
FOI Request to Metropolitan Police Service | Tom Watson MPDear Mr Watson, Freedom of Information Request Reference No: XXXXXX I respond in connection with your request for information which was r…
4. A FOI by York Press has revealed that police in North Yorkshire shot animals 26 times since 2010. In total 53 shots were fired by officers at animals. In once case 18 shots were fired at one wild horse.
Police shot animals 26 times since 2010Police shot animals 26 times since 2010 8:21am Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News By Jennifer Bell, email@example.com POLICE ha…
5. Those of you who follow @FOIdirectory on Twitter will know I’m quite often going on about the fear mongering of the cost of FOI by councils – and this week is no different. This week’s cost of FOI fear mongering comes from Warrington Borough Council who say it costs almost £500,000 a year to answer FOI requests. They received 852 requests in total last year and within the first three months of this year had received 200. Although, in a shock move, they have decided to make more data open to the public in the first place so they don’t get as many FOI requests. Wise move.
FOI bill almost £500kFOI bill almost £500k 7:00am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News FOI bill almost £500k THE cost of answering questions from the public at…
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