The Cabinet Office is ran an online consultation for a code of practice regarding recent changes to the Freedom of Information Act described by the ICO’s Head of Policy Delivery as “upgrading the legislation for the internet age”.
The code of practice provides authorities with guidance on dealing with changes to freedom of information legislation. The changes require public authorities to release electronic datasets in a form that allows them to be re-used, so far as reasonably practicable.
Steve Wood, ICO Head of Policy Delivery, said:
“The open data amendments to the Freedom of Information Act upgrade the legislation for the internet age. It means moving on from simply providing the public with information to looking at the way public authorities release it, for instance in reusable formats and with open licenses. Placing these new legal requirements on public authorities will enable new forms of accountability and transparency. It is important practitioners in public authorities have the right guidance to practically explain the new concepts and assist them in their compliance with these new requirements. The ICO welcomes the new guidance proposed in the revised code of practice and encourages public authorities to respond to the consultation.”
The Cabinet Office published the Code of practice in July 2013. It has now been archived.