|| Why do you want to know, Terrorist?
||Aug. 18th, 2004 05:26 pm|
Latest abuse of anti-terror laws - Mobile phone reliability and Nuclear safety information will now be made secret.http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,64528,00.html|
The UK govt is already far too fond of hiding information (like how much is being paid to a private company for public services or how it's performing, when they were awarded the contract on a savings/performance basis) behind a screen of "commercial confidence". Now expect industrial safety and accident information to vanish behind an "anti-terror" screen.
And while Microsoft continues to deny the existence of vulnerabilites for similar reasons, the survival time of unprotected machines drops: http://www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/26967-1.html
FOIA has passed, it just comes into force on 1/1/05. Not that this will help the above as it's from the US. There are exemptions to FOIA for national security etc, but in the UK such data would have to be supplied in redacted form at least (ie locations removed but otherwise intact) FOIA applies to public authorities
If a private company is performing public services in the UK, and those services affect the environment (which is practically anything), then it falls under environmental information, and access to it is available under an EU Directive - the UK transposition of which is what I'm working on. With luck, it'll get through Parliament shortly. You'll then have loads of rights to info, and the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner (who is firmly on the side of giving out stuff) and the European court.
So far all this has been passed without anyone really noticing. It's when Ministers notice it and then realise it applies to *them* my life gets difficult...