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Universities advised on unrealistic FoI requests

The Information Commissioner’s Office published guidance on how universities can avoid complying with costly or burdensome Freedom of Information requests on 26 September. It reminds institutions that they can refuse to disclose data under the act in cases where it is particularly expensive, burdensome or not in the public interest. For example, there are exceptions to dealing with requests that disrupt a public authority’s “ability to perform their core functions” or appear to be part of an intention to disrupt or attack its performance.

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