Changes to FoI Act

Some sig­nif­i­cant changes to the UK’s Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act were enact­ed yes­ter­day that give peo­ple to right to request and, crit­i­cal­ly, reuse data. It’s prob­a­bly easy to over­look the impli­ca­tions of this. The way I see it, every­one (includ­ing com­mer­cial bod­ies) now have the right to access FoI reg­u­lat­ed data and (re-)use it for analy­sis, ana­lyt­ics, build­ing apps, etc. Whether that’s good or bad, it seems pret­ty pro­found to me. See a sum­ma­ry of the changes here on the Infor­ma­tion Com­mis­sion­er’s Office blog.

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