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Guarding the guards

Martin Rosenbaum | 09:54 UK time, Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Evidence is mounting that the Information Commissioner is cracking down on incompetent public authorities who fail to deal properly with simple information requests.

The Commissioner has upheld a complaint from Friends of the Earth that one of its requests was not handled properly. And which authority was it that failed to follow basic procedures? Actually, the Information Commissioner's Office.

So if the Commissioner gets 0 out of 10 for how his office answers information requests, perhaps still he can get 10 out of 10 for ticking himself off in public.

It's not surprising that it's Friends of the Earth which has forced the Commissioner into this embarrassment. Its Head of Legal Phil Michaels is an authority on information law and FoE has probably been more determined and assiduous in its use of FOI than any other campaign group.

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  • At 12:14 PM on 15 Jun 2006,
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The decision notice has now been published on the Commissioner's website, at

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