7 November 2011

Freedom of Information Requests in the UK

Today I became aware of this ultimate website whatdotheyknow.com. Apparently, by using the platform of the site anyone may submit an online request to any UK public institution. Covered by the Freedom of Information Act, the public institutions are obliged to respond within a predetermined time interval regardless of the type of the query or the characteristics of the citizen who submitted it. Thus, the role of the portal is essential to provide the environment where the status of the requests will be continuously monitored by users who, amongst others, will be in position to check the speed of the response or the quality of the answer etc.

I personally found the site extremely innovative and interesting, despite its simplicity. It is a true tool or weapon for any active citizen and a good way of increasing the transparency of the public bodies.