Freedom of Information 2017

Recent developments have stimulated renewed interest in how governments use and share information and what impact this has on government efficiency. In Scotland the trend has been towards making information more widely available, as use of open data continues to expand and additional organisations become subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

Holyrood’s 15th Annual Freedom of Information conference will consider the implications of the expansion of FOISA, both for the new organisations brought into its reach and also for Scotland as a whole. We will ask whether this expansion will be extended further, as key figures in the public sector suggest that some of the exemptions should be relaxed and argue that this would improve government efficiency. Finally, we will look at best practice for managing freedom of information requests: from exploring the differences between FOI and Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) requests and what this means in practice, to considering the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Daren Fitzhenry, incoming Scottish Information Commissioner
  • Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, The Scottish Government
  • Keith Aitken, Journalist and Broadcaster (Chair)

For more information visit the website.

6 December 2017
COSLA Conference Centre
19 Haymarket Yards Edinburgh
EH12 5BH
United Kingdom

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