Government and Information Rights: the Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation

By: Mike Varney, Patrick Birkinshaw
ISBN: 9781784518967

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About Government and Information Rights: the Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation

Government and Information Rights: The Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation is the leading text offering comprehensive and practical advice on the access, disclosure and retention of government records under UK, EU and ECHR requirements. It is essential reading for all those dealing with public authority information. The fifth edition is extensively revised following numerous developments in both UK and EU law as well as the ever expanding... Read more

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About Government and Information Rights: the Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation

Government and Information Rights: The Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation is the leading text offering comprehensive and practical advice on the access, disclosure and retention of government records under UK, EU and ECHR requirements. It is essential reading for all those dealing with public authority information.

The fifth edition is extensively revised following numerous developments in both UK and EU law as well as the ever expanding case law on information rights under statutory, Convention and common law provisions.

Legislation:

Justice and Security Act 2013;
Crime and Courts Act 2013 (s 34 in relation to press standards following Leveson);
Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015
Investigatory Powers Bill 2016;
Environmental Information Regulations 2004;
General Data Protection Regulation 2016;

Key cases since the last edition include:

Evans v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 – the SC ruled that the Attorney General had acted unlawfully in issuing a veto preventing disclosure
Kennedy v Charities Commission [2014] UKSC 20 – Supreme Court extended the ambit of the common law in relation to access to information and transparency
Case 362/14 Schrems [2015]) – involving data transfer to the USA
PJS v Newsgroup Newspapers ltd [2016] UKSC 26 – developing the law of personal privacy

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The freedom of information legislation;
Chapter 2 Central government;
Chapter 3 The European perspective;
Chapter 4 Local government as providers and keepers of information;
Chapter 5 Restrictions on the use of, and access to, information by public officials and representatives;
Chapter 6 Public access to information and access to meetings;
Chapter 7 Access to personal information and privacy;
Chapter 8 Information and open government – specific areas;
Chapter 9 Information, redress of grievance and judicial review;
Chapter 10 Litigation and information;
Chapter 11 The National Audit Office and the Comptroller and Auditor General;

Annex A Statutory materials;
Annex B List of statutory provisions concerning prohibitions on disclosure of information

Publishing Details

Publication Date: 15 November 2018
ISBN: 9781784518967
Binding: paperback
Edition: 5

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