The public sector is having to transform how it handles personal data, to comply with new rules coming into force this week. Aron Cheung says that this offers government an opportunity to think again about how it can use data effectively.
Less than half of Freedom of Information requests are being granted, with responses often late. Aron Cheung argues that the Information Commissioner’s Office must continue to hold the Government’s feet to the fire.
Data policy has moved to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Gavin Freeguard welcomes the move but says the Government needs to be clear about what it wants to do with all this data.
A lack of transparency in the two departments at the heart of Brexit suggests the public cannot get hold of information about some of the most important activity in government at the moment, argues Aron Cheung.
The most recent Freedom of Information (FoI) data shows that while government departments are withholding more information, they are receiving more requests and getting better at responding on time. Aron Cheung explores the numbers.
The manifestos show that political parties are starting to understand the value of better data and greater transparency in government – but how the next government uses these tools to deliver all their promises will be the biggest test, argues Gavin Freeguard.