The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) provides the legal framework for publishing information held by publicly-owned bodies, such as central government, local councils and authorities. Everyone has the right to request information held by public sector organisations under the Act. With many public services now outsourced to the private sector, it is important that commercial organisations […]
New guidelines on the reuse of public sector information have been published today by the European Commission. They aim to help member states give better access to open data, for example weather data, traffic data, property asset data and maps. Open data is used as the basis for innovative value-added services and products, such as […]
PSI – public sector information – is the single largest source of information in Europe, and includes digital maps, meteorological, legal, traffic, financial, economic and other data. No wonder it’s valuable to governments looking to balance the books post recession. E RADAR investigates this most interesting product which is turning public sector bodies into commercial […]
GOV.UK is the new place for corporate and policy information from the Cabinet Office.
The Electoral Registration and Administration Act has received Royal Assent.
Reference: UK/2009/SI/3157 The INSPIRE Regulations 2009 require public authorities that hold spatial data to make that information available. Spatial data is any data with a direct or indirect reference to a specific location or geographical area. Spatial data is often referred to as geospatial data or geographic information. The Regulations apply to all public authorities that are […]
The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 (the Act) is an Act of the Scottish Parliament: to make provision about the management of records by certain authorities; to amend the Public Records (Scotland) Act 1937 (c.43) in relation to the transmission of court records to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland; and for connected purposes. […]
The European Commission has published a proposal on open data with the aim to update the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information. The draft proposal for a revision of the Directive proposes to further open up the market for services based on public-sector information, by including new bodies in the scope of application […]
The Human Rights Act 1998 gives further effect to rights and freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights and makes provision with respect to holders of certain judicial offices who become judges of the European Court of Human Rights. Over-interference in a person’s human rights by public authorities and those acting on their behalf […]
The purpose behind the Electronic Communications Act 2000 (ECA) is to help the UK become the best and safest place to do electronic commerce. The Act builds confidence in the use of electronic communications and creates the legal framework in which online business can thrive. The Act comes in three parts: cryptography service providers; legal recognition of electronic […]