The Constitution Unit


What is Freedom of Information & Data Protection?

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Over 90 countries around the world have some kind of ‘right to information’ for their citizens to obtain information from public (and sometimes private) organisations. The UK passed its own Freedom of Information Act in 2000 and it was brought into force in 2005. The development of Data Protection in the UK can be traced back to the 1970s and the first Act was passed in 1984. The current Act follows the provisions of the EU directive, and ensures the rights of individuals to have their personal details kept private, up-to-date and lawfully used.

History of FOI
History of DP