ICO blog – Director’s update: the FOI year in review


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Apr 24th '24
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By Warren Seddon is Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Director of Freedom of Information and Transparency responsible for the ICO’s freedom of information (FOI) policy and guidance. Warren also oversees the handling of people’s complaints to the ICO over public authorities’ responses to requests for information under the FOI Act and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).

 

It’s fair to say that it’s been a heck of a year for the FOI team.

 

We’ve [ICO] received more than 8,000 complaints – against a previous high of 6,418 in 2018/19. Of around 7,700 cases we’ve closed in this period, 96% have been resolved in less than six months, another record high. We finished the year with only one case over a year old, which is due to the rare appeal of an Information Notice that should be resolved shortly, meaning the Cabinet Office cases discussed with the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee last year are all closed.

 

Read in full, here.

 

Source: ICO

 

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  • The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018), the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations 2004, and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
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