By Liz Taylor
As from 1 January 2005, Freedom of knowledge (FOI) laws will come totally into strength through the united kingdom and will most likely switch the best way the general public quarter manages info. This record presents functional suggestion on the right way to in attaining compliance with the Acts; the document is helping to make sure profitable administration of the most important hazards that the Acts may possibly pose to firms around the united kingdom. The record additionally introduces a number of the switch administration concerns that might have to be addressed inside businesses to facilitate the transition to a extra open tradition of FOI.
- Suggestions for the sensible implementation of FOI, concentrating on processing requests for information
- Checklists that would allow these answerable for FOI implementation to watch organisational growth in the direction of compliance
- Easy-to-read and discrete chapters that let quickly referencing for every topic in the book
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At this stage, however, you need to decide the most appropriate way to take preparations forward. Should each unit make their own preparations for FOI? If so, what information will they need to manage any risks FOI may present to your organisation? In order to cope with FOI, are there any functions or information that should still be centralised? If so, can this be achieved within the time and budgetary constraints? Summary Having addressed the issues raised in this chapter, you should now have an understanding and appreciation of: issues that need to be addressed by your organisation to comply with FOI and the appropriate priority of tasks; implications and key risks for your organisation; current levels of understanding of the concepts of FOI throughout your organisation; resources available for compliance tasks, and how you will communicate progress on compliance with FOI with customer groups and staff; 28 Where to start the possible nature and volume of requests that will be received from 1 January 2005.
How will staff recognise requests and know how to deal with them? Are there any types of request that staff should deal with at the point of entry to the organisation? If so, how will you ensure these requests are dealt with in the 20-day time limit? How will staff know whether or not they have the authority to process a request? Are staff aware of the different legislation governing the information you hold? How will FOI be balanced with the need to maintain information security across your organisation?
Who will decide whether an exemption is applicable? This question is mainly dealt with in the next chapter but it is important to decide who should have the ultimate authority to decide when an exemption is applicable. This may be delegated or controlled by a single individual, depending upon what is most appropriate for your organisation. Many of the considerations are likely to be the same as those stated in the above question. What activities will be required in order to assess the application of an exemption to information?