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The Freedom of Information Act

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) ensures that public bodies and organisations uphold the principles of transparency and trustworthiness when it comes to storing and sharing information. It outlines how and why organisations must share details of their activities with the public. In this course, you will learn about the history and purposes of the FOIA, how it is implemented and what it means for individuals and companies in the public sector.


What You will Learn:

  • Why the UK government passed the FOIA, the principles behind the act and the bodies that fall within its scope
  • The circumstances under which information falls into the remit of the act, who can make a request for information and how organisations should respond to requests
  • The main duties you have under the Act, including the duty to proactively publish information detailing the activities of your organisation
  • Additional pieces of legislation that you may need to consider when publishing and sharing information under the FOIA, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Equality Act 2010

Benefits of Taking this Course:

  • If you work for a body covered by the act, this course will help you fulfil your obligations under the law
  • If you wish to make a request for information under the act, this course will help you understand your rights
  • If you are interested in privacy and data protection issues, this course will help further your understanding of these topics
  • If you have a general interest in UK law, this course will further your knowledge of a variety of legal issues

Course Modules:

  • Module 01: What is the freedom of Information Act?
  • Module 02: When is Information Covered by the Freedom of information Act?
  • Module 03: Meeting your obligations under the Freedom of Information Act
  • Module 04: The freedom of Information Act and other UK Legislation

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