ICO Blog: Looking at the future of Freedom of Information (FOI) through ICO25

Jul 13th '22

This is the third in a series of updates from Warren Seddon, Director of FOI and Transparency. His blog posts provide a regular update on Information Commissioners Office (ICO) FOI work and share key learnings to help practitioners and the wider FOI community understand our developing thinking and carry out their roles. 


On 11 July 2022, the ICO published a landmark report, ‘Behind the screens – maintaining government transparency and data security in the age of messaging apps’. The report highlights the problems that can occur when public authorities fail to make sure their information management policies and procedures reflect the way they are conducting official business in practice.


It is over 20 years since Parliament first passed the Freedom of Information Act and a lot has changed in that time. It is vital that public authorities ensure the way they handle FOI requests reflects how officials and Ministers are working and interacting today. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) must also adapt and make sure the way we regulate the FOI Act reflects the realities of the world we live in.


Read the full article, here.


Source: ICO


About the author

Warren Seddon is 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).


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