Watch out for moves to curtail freedom of information

Edward Snowden released material which revealed much about government eavesdropping
On July 17 the British government’s Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock set up an allegedly ‘independent’ commission to examine the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation which has been in operation for fifteen years. The terms of reference of this group give a good indication of the direction in which the government plans to travel. The emphasis is on what ‘new protections’ might be necessary to prevent information being released, what new vetoes of types of information to be revealed (like maybe Prince Charles’s daft ideas about alternative medici[...]

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