Monday, March 18, 2013

FOI case law update - 5 June 2013

The Campaign for Freedom of Information's next course on 'Information Commissioner & Tribunal Decisions' will be in London on 5 June 2013.

This course, now in its 8th year, deals only with significant Commissioner and Tribunal decisions issued during the past six months. It aims to help experienced FOI practitioners and others with a good working knowledge of the FOI Act keep abreast of new developments. Its exact content is dependent on the decisions that have been issued during the period, but typically covers issues such as:
  • "fair" and "unfair" disclosures of personal data; 
  • the FOI/EIR borderline; 
  • the application of specific exemptions including those for breach of confidence, commercial interests and legal professional privilege; 
  • where the public interest line is being drawn; and
  • the cost limit, aggregating requests, invalid requests, advice & assistance and other administrative provisions. 
The course will be presented by Maurice Frankel, the Campaign's director, who has worked in the field for 29 years.

Significant discounts are available for more than one booking from the same organisation.

Further details here.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Using the FOI Act! Training for requesters, 23 April 2013

Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how the Information Commissioner and Tribunal are interpreting key provisions?

While making a FOI request is straightforward, making an effective request is more difficult. The Campaign's practical course is designed to help requesters make effective use of the legislation. The morning session provides a working guide to the legislation, covering both the Freedom of Information Act and parallel Environmental Information Regulations, and includes an interactive section on drafting requests. The afternoon session is more advanced and covers some of the key decisions made under both regimes and explains their implications for you. We think most requesters will benefit from attending the whole day, although you're free to attend only one of the sessions if you wish.

Further information and a booking form are available from the Campaign's website.