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Freedom of Information Handbook


IT and E-commerce

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3 December 2012

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
448 pages

Freedom of Information Handbook
3rd edition

Editors: General Editors: Peter Carey and Robin Hopkins


This is the print version of Freedom of Information Handbook. The PDF version of Freedom of Information Handbook is also available.

The introduction of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 has lead to numerous developments, particularly the decisions made by the Information Commissioner, Information Tribunal and courts.

The FOIA was amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The third edition of this practical and authoritative handbook examines these changes to provide an up-to-date and straightforward overview of the law.

Comprehensively revised, it covers in detail:

  • changes to the law on the disclosure of datasets by public authorities
  • the extension of FOIA to cover companies owned by more than one public authority
  • changes to the role of Information Commissioner
  • recent decisions of the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal

Written by a team of leading experts in the freedom of information field, the Freedom of Information Handbook is indispensable for public bodies' legal officers and departments, freedom of information officers and solicitors advising clients with commercial or contractual interests affected by the Freedom of Information Act.

This book is one of the two recommended texts on the PCFOI Programme.


"I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a more in-depth understanding of FoI. It is also a worthwhile base text for anyone doing a formal qualification in FoI - for example, the ISEB Certificate in Freedom of Information.""

Ibrahim Hasan, Gazette, February 2013


1. Introduction and background to the law;
2. Publication schemes;
3. The right of access;
4. Exemptions - absolute;
5. Exemptions - qualified;
6. Implications for the Private Sector;
7. Freedom of information and the media;
8. The relationship between freedom of information and data protection;
9. The Environmental Information Regulations;
10. Enforcement and appeals.

About the Editors

Peter Careyis a consultant and founded the company Privacy and Data Protection which publishes the journals Freedom of Information and Privacy and Data Protection. Robin Hopkins is a barrister at 11kbw chambers. He is highly experienced in litigation under the Freedom of Information Act and he is the resident 'expert commentator' at the Freedom of Information Journal.