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ICO cases go back to 2005

Martin Rosenbaum | 18:25 UK time, Wednesday, 2 April 2008

According to data released by the Information Commissioner's Office, until a few weeks ago he was still investigating 75 complaints made to him as long ago as 2005. The ICO has revealed this table in response to a freedom of information request from the BBC.

The oldest complaint still being examined dates back over three years to 21 March 2005 and concerns Leeds City Council.

The public authority which has the most 2005 cases still outstanding is the Cabinet Office. Two other bodies with several cases in the list are the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the BBC. For all three organisations this may at least partly reflect the detail and complexity of legal arguments under consideration.

A few of the cases listed have been closed since this table was compiled at the end of January, such as this BBC one decided last month, but the vast majority of the 75 are still working their way through the ICO's processes.

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  • At 10:23 PM on 02 Apr 2008,
  • Stephen wrote:

I am the owner of case FS50085720
and have been told that a draft decision notice was prepared last year and is waiting to be signed off by a senior bod...

I have not seen the notice but am sure it is not in my favour.

By way of explanation, the investigator requested a copy of the document I had requested from the Cabinet Office and they refused to supply him with one.

He was told he could travel to London and view a copy at the Cabinet Office but that was all.

That alone clearly demonstrates that the Cabinet Office has no fear of sanction from the "toothless" ICO and the entire situation does nothing but set a precedent that any public authority can refuse to comply and they will get away with it as there is no meaningful sanction to deal with non-compliance.

The entire concept of Freedom of Information in Britain, is a farce.

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