13 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Victoria Hordern

Any private computer company doing business with the public sector must recognise the influence of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Freedom of information is about the public’s right to know how public money is spent and how public sector decisions are made. This chapter aims to give the reader a working knowledge of the rules under the law, what exemptions exist to withhold information and how a private computer company should prepare for a request for disclosure of its commercial or sensitive information.

INTRODUCTION

The introduction of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA or the Act) was part of the newly elected Labour Government’s drive in 1997 to shake up the British constitutional ...

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