December 6th 2017 | COSLA Conference Centre

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About FOI 2017

Freedom of Information 2017: information, government and efficiency

Recent developments have stimulated renewed interest in how governments use and share information and what impact this has on government efficiency. In Scotland the trend has been towards making information more widely available, as use of open data continues to expand and additional organisations become subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

Holyrood’s 15th Annual Freedom of Information conference will consider the implications of the expansion of FOISA, both for the new organisations brought into its reach and also for Scotland as a whole. We will ask whether this expansion will be extended further, as key figures in the public sector suggest that some of the exemptions should be relaxed and argue that this would improve government efficiency. Finally we will look at best practice for managing freedom of information requests: from exploring the differences between FOI and Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) requests and what this means in practice, to considering the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).