New FoI guidance from the Information Commissioner

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance for freedom of information practitioners on how to deal with requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) which relate to individuals’ personal information.

Under the FOIA and EIR an exemption exists to ensure that information is not disclosed if to do so would breach an individual’s right for personal information to be processed fairly under the Data Protection Act. The ICO’s new practical guidance addresses the balance between the requirement to provide public access to official information and the need to protect personal information.

New ICO freedom of information guidance on personal information (eGovmonitor, 17 November 2008)