ICO Blog: Why Covid-19 has shown the FOI Act has never been more important to UK society?

Mar 22nd '22

A blog by Warren Seddon, ICO Director of Freedom of Information and Transparency.


The past two years have highlighted how transparency and accountability are fundamental to our democracy – the impact of decisions made by public bodies throughout the pandemic have affected us all in some way.


At the start of the pandemic the ICO [Information Commissioner’s Office] made clear, along with their colleagues internationally, that transparency about decision making and good record keeping during this period would be essential and a vital means of maintaining public trust. This remains the case. The ICO also set out how they would take account of the significant pressures some organisations were facing. While being more flexible where appropriate, the ICO continued to make regulatory decisions, uphold the legislation they oversee and provide advice.


Read the full article, here.


Source: ICO


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