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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 11:34 
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http://www.out-law.com/php/page.php?page_id=speedcamerateambr1117637055&area=news

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The Lothian and Borders Safety Camera Partnership last month became the first Scottish local authority to be reprimanded for breaching the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA), which came into force on 1st January...........

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http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/edinburgh.cfm?id=604602005

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Information Commissioner Kevin Dunion criticised the partnership for refusing Mr Lewis' request and feeding him misinformation. He said the partnership had no right to refuse him on the basis that it constituted police evidence and would be produced in court if required.

He also said a request for a printed copy of a calibration certificate was not unreasonable.

Mr Dunion said the partnership had refused to provide the information without specifying what exemption they were using under the Act and did not inform Mr Lewis that he could ask for a review of the decision.

Sue Nicholson, head of campaigns at the RAC Foundation for Motoring, said: "These things can be damaging to the credibility of an organisation."

A spokeswoman for the partnership said she could not discuss individual cases.

But she added: "We hold our hands up and we know what we did wrong - we have made mistakes. It was very early days and we were overwhelmed.



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But she added: "We hold our hands up and we know what we did wrong - we have made mistakes. It was very early days and we were overwhelmed.




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I am surprised they did not say "we were victims of our own success" :x

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Not one to defend the partnerships but the guidance from the government when FoI was approaching was pretty vague. The whole process seemed to be based on 'minimal manual' with legal precedents to guide the development of how organisations should treat requests veering into the many grey 'you decide what to disclose -but justify it well' sections. Its a complicated area.

The partnership may well have been a bit guarded (they would be wouldn't they) but without legal precedent, one person's interpretation of the act can be completely different to another's.

Glad a partnership was the first LA to cop some flak though. :lol:


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A spokeswoman for the partnership said she could not discuss individual cases.


What a feeble, feeble, FEEBLE politically correct, nonsense excuse.

Talk about 2 of the cases then we all need a laugh!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 18:35 
"we are overwhelmed", would appear that more and more MOP are making full use of their FOI rights, hehehehehehehehehehehehe, not that i'm vexatious at all, hehehehehehehehehe :D :D


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