ICO blog – Understanding what information people commonly request from public authorities

Jun 3rd '24

By Aiden Clarkson Senior Upstream Regulation Officer – FOI and Transparency at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).


People can use the WhatDoTheyKnow (WDTK) website to submit Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) requests to public organisations.


Working with WDTK, the ICO has analysed a sample of more than 150,000 requests made during 2022 and identified common themes in the information that has been asked for.


Understanding what people are interested in can help FOI and EIR practitioners to consider whether proactive publication of this information would benefit their organisation and help to reduce information requests.


Read in full, here.


Source: ICO


About the ICO

  1. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
  2. 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.
  3. The ICO can take action to address and change the behaviour of organisations and individuals that collect, use and keep personal information. This includes criminal prosecution, non-criminal enforcement and audit.
  4. To report a concern to the ICO telephone our helpline 0303 123 1113 or go to  ico.org.uk/concerns.


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