The ICO has published its new access to information strategy called “Openness by Design”.
The strategy sets out five goals relating to the suite of access to information legislation regulated by the ICO: Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations SI 2004/3391, and the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 SI 2015/1415.
The five ‘Openness by Design’ goals are:
The ICO’s ambition is to increase the impact of its regulation of access to information legislation. The ICO will encourage public authorities to comply with the law in the first instance, reducing the need for people to complain to the regulator. Where necessary, the ICO will take enforcement action and make full use of its spectrum of powers.
The strategy commits to continue to promote the reform of access to information laws as set out in the ICO’s Outsourcing Oversight? report published in 2019 and to take steps to raise awareness of access to information rights.
The strategy, which runs until 2022, will be continually assessed to ensure it aligns with the ICO’s Information Rights Strategic Plan. Progress against the goals will be reported in the Information Commissioner’s Annual Report.