Freedom of information  and research data Victoria Cetinkaya, Senior Policy Officer, Information Commissioner’s Office 13 ...
The Information Commissioner's  Office <ul><li>The ICO’s mission is to uphold information rights in the public interest, p...
ICO’s   role   <ul><li>Enforce and regulate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom of Information Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Da...
Our   performance   – 2010/11 <ul><li>c 206,585 – calls to our helpline </li></ul><ul><li>c 2.4m – visits to our website <...
What is FOI? <ul><li>A general right of access to information held by public authorities </li></ul>
Important parts of the FOIA <ul><li>-  Section 8 – valid request </li></ul><ul><li>- Section 10 – time for compliance </li...
The exemptions <ul><li>Over 20 in total </li></ul><ul><li>Tightly drawn up; their use is limited </li></ul><ul><li>Presump...
Exemptions especially relevant to HE  and research <ul><li>- Information accessible by other means </li></ul><ul><li>- Inf...
Impact of FOI <ul><li>Information released routinely </li></ul><ul><li>MPs’ expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Academic impact  </...
ICO work with the HE sector <ul><li>- ICO higher education sector panel on FOI  </li></ul><ul><li>and DP </li></ul><ul><li...
ICO Guidance for Higher Education: research information and the FOIA/EIRs   <ul><li>- due for publication September 2011 <...
The work continues: publication schemes   <ul><li>- updating of publication scheme definition  </li></ul><ul><li>document ...
<ul><li>Subscribe to our  e-newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>at www.ico.gov.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Follow us on  Twitter </li></...
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Victoria Cetinkaya - Research Integrity: Legal and policy obligations to share research data

  1. 1. Freedom of information and research data Victoria Cetinkaya, Senior Policy Officer, Information Commissioner’s Office 13 September 2011
  2. 2. The Information Commissioner's Office <ul><li>The ICO’s mission is to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. </li></ul>
  3. 3. ICO’s role <ul><li>Enforce and regulate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom of Information Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Protection Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Information Regulations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide information to individuals and organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Adjudicate on complaints </li></ul><ul><li>Promote good practice </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our performance – 2010/11 <ul><li>c 206,585 – calls to our helpline </li></ul><ul><li>c 2.4m – visits to our website </li></ul><ul><li>Data protection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>26,227 – data protection cases received </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>29,685 – data protection cases closed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c 339,298 – organisations notifying </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Freedom of information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4,374 – freedom of information cases received </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4,369 – freedom of information cases closed </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What is FOI? <ul><li>A general right of access to information held by public authorities </li></ul>
  6. 6. Important parts of the FOIA <ul><li>- Section 8 – valid request </li></ul><ul><li>- Section 10 – time for compliance </li></ul><ul><li>- Section 12 – cost limits </li></ul><ul><li>- Section 14 – vexatious / repeated requests </li></ul><ul><li>- Section 16 – duty to provide advice and assistance </li></ul><ul><li>- Section 17 – refusal of a request </li></ul><ul><li>- Section 19 – publication schemes </li></ul>
  7. 7. The exemptions <ul><li>Over 20 in total </li></ul><ul><li>Tightly drawn up; their use is limited </li></ul><ul><li>Presumption of disclosure </li></ul><ul><li>Cover areas such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National security; defence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law enforcement; court records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parliamentary privilege </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formulation of government policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal professional privilege </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The public interest test </li></ul>
  8. 8. Exemptions especially relevant to HE and research <ul><li>- Information accessible by other means </li></ul><ul><li>- Information intended for future publication </li></ul><ul><li>- International relations </li></ul><ul><li>- Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs </li></ul><ul><li>- Personal information </li></ul><ul><li>- Information provided in confidence </li></ul><ul><li>- Commercial interests </li></ul>
  9. 9. Impact of FOI <ul><li>Information released routinely </li></ul><ul><li>MPs’ expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Academic impact </li></ul>
  10. 10. ICO work with the HE sector <ul><li>- ICO higher education sector panel on FOI </li></ul><ul><li>and DP </li></ul><ul><li>- Research subpanel </li></ul>
  11. 11. ICO Guidance for Higher Education: research information and the FOIA/EIRs <ul><li>- due for publication September 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>- to include guidance on: </li></ul><ul><li> - future publication </li></ul><ul><li> - commercial interests and IPR </li></ul><ul><li> - academic discourse </li></ul><ul><li> - peer review </li></ul><ul><li> - international relations </li></ul><ul><li> - personal information </li></ul><ul><li> - vexatious requests </li></ul>
  12. 12. The work continues: publication schemes <ul><li>- updating of publication scheme definition </li></ul><ul><li>document for the HE sector </li></ul><ul><li>- proactive disclosure of research information </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Subscribe to our e-newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>at www.ico.gov.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Follow us on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>at www.twitter.com/iconews </li></ul>

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