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This is a quarterly podcast by Ibrahim Hasan, solicitor and information law expert. It is designed to bring busy public sector practitioners up to date with the latest developments in Freedom of Information law. This is the only FOI podcast of it's kind in the UK and has been mentioned in the Times newspaper and numerous other blogs.

In each episode Ibrahim discusses the latest decisions from the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal.

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NEW EPISODE 28 - May 2012 ( Listen )

In this episode Ibrahim discusses FOI developments and decisions from the first quarter of 2012 including those concerning:
  • When deleted information is held
  • Private emails and text messages
  • Vexatious requests
  • Employment Tribunal statistics
  • Section 30
  • Social work records of the deceased
  • Senior officers interests
  • Job application information
  • Tender pricing Information
There is also a quick review of recent developments in the world of transparency and FOI.

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NEW EPISODE 27 - February 2012 ( Listen )

In this episode Ibrahim discusses FOI developments and decisions during September and December 2011. This includes Commissioner and Tribunal decisions on:
  • Information in private e mails
  • Section 11 and providing summaries
  • Vexatious requests
  • Empty properties
  • The Qualfied Person's Opinion
  • And disclosure of statistics
There is also a quick review of recent developments in the world of transparency and FOI.
EPISODE 26 - September 2011 ( Listen | Script )

In this episode Ibrahim discusses FOI developments and decisions during the six months ending in August 2011. This includes Commissioner and Tribunal decisions on:
  • Schools and information law
  • When information is held under FOI
  • Information held by PFI Contractors
  • Vexatious Requests
  • Personal Data and Statistics
  • Disclosure of Salaries
  • Deceased Persons' Information
  • And Section 43 and disclosure of contracts
EPISODE 25 - March 2011 ( Listen | Script )

In this episode Ibrahim examines the changes to the FOI Act, which will be implemented through the Protection of Freedoms Bill as well as the latest FOI decisions (from December 2010 to February 2011). He will focus on:
  • The proposal to require datasets to be published and made available for re use
  • The new definition of publically owned company
  • The First ICO Undertaking under FOI
  • Redaction costs under the Fees Regulations
  • Disclosure of information about employees including names, bonus payments, compromise agreements and retirement packages
  • AND disclosure of contract incentives
EPISODE 24 - January 2011 ( Listen | Script )

In this episode we look at the changes to FOI announced by the Ministry of Justice as well as the latest FOI decisions (from September to November 2010). This includes decisions about:
  • When information is held for the purposes of FOI
  • The strike out of academic tribunal appeals
  • Section 12 and the costs of compliance
  • Pay negotiations information
  • Applying the personal data exemption
  • AND disclosure of commercially sensitive information
EPISODE 23 - September 2010 ( Listen | Script )

This episode covers the Information Commissioner and Tribunal in the four months up to the end of August 2010. Ibrahim discusses decisions on, amongst others:
  • Vexatious requests
  • The latest thinking on the personal data exemption
  • Draft reports and section 22
  • Request made through the What Do They Know website
  • AND disclosure of PFI cash flows
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EPISODE 22 - February, March and April 2010 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 150 and Information Tribunal 19
  • EIR and CON29 Search information
  • Vexatious requests
  • Animal testing
  • Historic and anonymised data
  • Scientology
  • AND disclosure of legal advice
EPISODE 21 - November, December 2009 and January 2010 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 154 and Information Tribunal 17
  • Redaction costs when dealing with FOI requests
  • Another use of the ministerial veto
  • Section 36 and the opinion of the qualified person
  • The tax status of a conservative peer
  • Disclosure of information about the deceased
  • AND disclosure of university course materials
EPISODE 20 - August, September and October 2009 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 132 and Information Tribunal 11
  • Information contained in publication schemes
  • Marks on documents and whether they constitute information
  • Vexatious requests
  • Section 35 and disclosure of ministerial letters
  • Statistics and section 40
  • Disclosure of bonus payments to employees
  • Tender evaluation information
Ibrahim also examines an important High Court Case regarding the Audit Commission Act and commercial confidentiality in contracts and tenders.
EPISODE 19 - May, June and July 2009 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 74 and Information Tribunal 13
  • Fees and the aggregation rules
  • Request for information about land
  • Court records and section 32
  • Section 36 and disclosure of internal correspondence
  • Statistics and section 40
  • Disclosure of disciplinary records
  • AND the definition of commercial interests under section 43
EPISODE 18 - March and April 2009 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 77 and Information Tribunal 11
  • Information held with a view to publication
  • Disclosure of CCTV footage of the 7th July Bombers
  • The definition of court records
  • Whether names of FOI requestors should be disclosed
  • The latest thinking on the section 42 exemption for legal privilege
  • AND disclosure of commercially sensitive information
  • There is also comment on the MPs' exepenses saga.
EPISODE 17 - January and February 2009 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 27 and Information Tribunal 11
  • Requests for information in electronic form
  • The first ministerial veto of a Tribunal decision
  • Section 35 and the public interest test
  • When statistics about properties can be personal data
  • Correspondence between Princess Diana and the government
  • Information about job applicants
  • Disclosure of major IT contracts
  • AND the first FOI appeal to the House of Lords
EPISODE 16 - November and December 2008 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 29 and Information Tribunal 14
  • Information held by the private sector
  • Vexatious requests
  • What costs can be passed on to an applicant
  • Section 30 and access to audit reports
  • Names of child care managers
  • Access to legal advice
  • AND disclosure of consultant tender bids and scorecards
EPISODE 15 - September and October 2008 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 33 and Information Tribunal 11
  • Information held on behalf of coroners
  • Section 21 and information held by a court
  • Disclosure of information about statutory inquiries
  • OFSTED inspectors' notes
  • A request for information about Government Information Sharing initiatives
  • Disclosure of Employment Tribunal details
  • Drug testing methodologies
  • AND when information about residential care homes can be disclosed under section 43
EPISODE 14 - July and August 2008 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 42 and Information Tribunal 10
  • The definition of information and when it is held by a public authority
  • The applicability of FOI to information held in solicitors' files
  • Vexatious requests
  • Section 21 and what is reasonably accessible information
  • Section 35 and the public interest
  • Section 36 and requests about requests
  • Disclosure of statistics
  • Disclosure of legal advice
  • AND when losing bidders' information can be disclosed under section 43
EPISODE 13 - May and June 2008 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 43 and Information Tribunal 10
  • The definition of information and when it is held by the organisation
  • Vexatious requests
  • Section 17 and the Public Interest Test
  • Section 36 and requests about FOI requests
  • When statistics can still be personal data
  • The long running saga of MPs expenses
  • Disclosure of addressees
  • AND when contract and financial information can be withheld under section 43
EPISODE 12 - March and April 2008 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 44 and Information Tribunal 15
  • How to decide which regime applies to an information request (FOI or EIR)
  • Information available on websites
  • Disclosure of correspondence with councillors
  • The section 38 exemption for health and safety
  • Disclosure of names of employees and those attending meetings
  • More guidance as to when legal advice should be disclosed
  • AND When price information can be withheld under section 43
EPISODE 11 - January and February 2008 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 60 and Information Tribunal 10
  • More guidance on what is information under FOI
  • Release of sensitive information relating to the circumstances around the war
  • A Tribunal decision on the definition of personal data
  • The overturning of the Information Commissioner's decision ordering disclosure of ASBO information
  • Disclosure of salaries
  • And the first decision requiring disclosure of legal advice on public interest grounds
  • There is also comment and analysis from Tim Turner of Wigan Council.
EPISODE 10 - January 2008 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 45 and Information Tribunal 14
  • A Tribunal decision on vexatious requests
  • Whether the time taken to redact exempt information is an allowable cost
  • Disclosure of information about anthrax stockpiles
  • When advice to ministers should be disclosed
  • Blue sky thinking and the section 36 exemption
  • Disclosure of information contained in a dead person's social work records
  • AND legal advice about sado masochism
EPISODE 9 - July and August 2007 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 38 and Information Tribunal 9
  • Vexatious requests and what makes them such
  • Disclosure of celebrity pay packets by the BBC
  • Disclosure of staff attendance at work
  • The applicability of section 21 to information on the internet
  • The link between the fees provisions and section 16
  • The first Tribunal decision on disclosure of dead peoples' information
  • AND disclosure of information about police speed meters
EPISODE 8 - July and August 2007 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 64 and Information Tribunal 7
  • The first appeal against an Information Notice
  • Disclosure of staff names and contact details
  • The first Commissioner decisions involving GPs
  • Disclosure of bids received for the purchase of council land
  • Whether statistics can still be personal data
  • Disclosure of dead peoples' information
  • AND when retrieval of information amounts to the creation of new information
EPISODE 7 - May and June 2007 ( Listen | Script )

NUMBER OF DECISIONS - Information Commissioner 57 and Information Tribunal 6
  • Empty properties
  • Job evaluation criteria
  • A councils vehicle towing policy
  • A hospitals audit report
  • The retirement packages of senior officers
  • AND Details of premium bond winners
We also have comment and analysis from Andrew Maughan, of the London Borough of Bexley, who recently represented his council in an appeal to the Information Tribunal
EPISODE 6 - March and April 2007 ( Listen | Script )
  • The new consultation on the fees regulations
  • When information is held on behalf of a public authority
  • The link between the Enterprise Act and FOI
  • The disclosure of surveillance information
  • AND Tony Blairs Christmas card list
EPISODE 5 - February 2007 ( Listen | Script )
  • The first Practice Recommendation issued by the Information Commissioner
  • The review of the Records Management Code of Practice
  • The disclosure of salary information
  • The release of ASBO information
  • Access to dead peoples' information
  • The link between the Enterprise Act and FOI
  • When a request can be treated as vexatious
  • AND The case of the speeding police bus
There is also have an interview with Susan Healy of the National Archives and comment and analysis from Tim Turner of Wigan Council
EPISODE 4 - December 2006 and January 2007 ( Listen | Script )
  • News about the governments fees consultation
  • Access to commercially sensitive information
  • The application of FOI to the BBC
  • The vexed question of access to dead peoples' information
  • MPs expenses claims
  • Access to lists of addresses of council properties
  • AND whether information about David Beckham can be released
  • There is also comment and analysis from Martin Rossenbaum of the BBC and Elaine Fletcher of Eversheds solicitors.
Due to the Christmas break, the next episode will be broadcast at the end of January.
EPISODE 3 - November 2006 ( Listen | Script )
  • The latest news on Government's proposals to change the FOI fees regulations
  • The Information Commissioner's Publication Scheme Initiative
  • The latest decision from the Information Tribunal
  • The latest decisions from the Information Commissioner
Due to the Christmas break, the next episode will be broadcast at the end of January.
EPISODE 2 - September and October 2006 ( Listen | Script )
  • The implications of Government proposals to change the FOI fees regulations
  • The FOI Progress report from Information Commissioner
  • The vexed question of access to information about dead people
  • Whether details of a compromise agreement are disclosable
  • A number of other decisions from the Information Commissioner and the Information Tribunal
  • There are interviews with Maurice Frankel of the Campaign for Freedom of Information and also Ilyas Bulbulia of IBA Solicitors.
EPISODE 1 - July, August and September 2006 ( Listen | Script )
  • Access to personal data
  • The difference between FOI and EIR
  • Legal Professional Privelage and FOI
  • Access to planning information
This was the very fist FOI law podcast and was downloaded almost 1000 times.
 
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