A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the EIRs

29/04/2024 | Information rights and wrongs

In a rather unusual Environmental Information Regulations 2004 case about whether photographs of planning notices should be disclosed, judgment by the First Tier Tribunal has called a decision by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) "a pitiful failure to understand the scope and significance of material in the public domain and the role of data protection in protecting rights." 

The judgement makes for interesting reading as it opens with a quote from Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 

In an analysis of the judgement, data protection specialist Jon Baines wrote in his blog that the decision will likely be appealed but that he hopes the ICO will acknowledge the key point that "data protection rights don’t automatically trump all other rights."

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