Commissioner, censure thyself

The Information Commissioner (external link), the man ultimately responsible for data protection and freedom of information in the UK, has extraordinarily issued a Decision Notice (external link) against himself for the ICO's (external link) handling of a request for information from Friends of the Earth.

What's particularly baffling is that in the first instance the ICO failed to recognise the request as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (external link).

There's a very common misconception that one has to "invoke" the FOI for a request to be covered by the legislation - in reality any request for information from any body which falls under the provisions of the Act is required to be dealt with in accordance with the Act. The misconception is perpetuated, perhaps deliberately, by the use of specific FOI email addresses and contact details by many government bodies, the DTI included...

See also: eGovMonitor: Information Commissioner admits he failed to comply with Freedom of Information Act (external link)

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