freedom of information

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freedom of information

laws which permit citizens to obtain information held by government. The UK first admitted the principle by virtue of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The legislation gives the right to request information from public authorities. It is intended to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public sector bodies, and facilitate better public understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do, and how they spend public money. It is achieved in two main ways. First, bodies subject to the scheme should initiate publication schemes to release information without being asked. Secondly, bodies subject to the scheme must respond to requests from persons in writing or other permanent form. A fee maybe charged. There is an obvious conflict with DATA PROTECTION law, but in the UK such problems may be resolved by the fact that the INFORMATION COMMISSIONER has been made responsible for both freedom of information and data protection.
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Andy Greenberg is a senior writer for Wired, covering security, privacy, information freedom, and hacker culture.
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of electronic information freedom in each foreign country.
The Center claims that the Committee's refusal is contrary to the information freedom law.
In a meeting with Dutch Ambassador for Human Rights, Lionel Veer who called on him the advisor further apprised that the government has also lifted the reservations on International Covenant on Civil and Protection Rights (ICCPR) that ensures freedom of expression, freedom of information freedom of religion.
In the ensuing decades, information freedom has merged with debates over open access, digital rights management, and intellectual property rights.
He is a well-known activist who supports progressive causes and information freedom.
Information freedom and access are allowing us to learn freely and adapt knowledge readily.
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