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Government and Information Rights: The Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and Their Regulation 5th ed

ISBN13: 9781784518967
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781847667083
Published: February 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Government and Information: The Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation is the leading text offering comprehensive and practical advice on the access, disclosure and retention of government records under UK, EU and ECHR requirements. It is essential reading for all those dealing with public authority information.

The fifth edition is extensively revised following numerous developments in both UK and EU law as well as the ever expanding case law on information rights under statutory, Convention and common law provisions.


  • Justice and Security Act 2013;
  • Crime and Courts Act 2013 (s 34 in relation to press standards following Leveson);
  • Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 Investigatory Powers Bill 2016;
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004;
  • General Data Protection Regulation 2016;
Key cases since the last edition include:

  • Evans v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 - the SC ruled that the Attorney General had acted unlawfully in issuing a veto preventing disclosure
  • Kennedy v Charities Commission [2014] UKSC 20 - Supreme Court extended the ambit of the common law in relation to access to information and transparency Case 362/14 Schrems [2015]) - involving data transfer to the USA
  • PJS v Newsgroup Newspapers ltd [2016] UKSC 26 – developing the law of personal privacy

Data Protection
Chapter 1 The freedom of information legislation
Chapter 2 Central government
Chapter 3 The European perspective
Chapter 4 Local government as providers and keepers of information
Chapter 5 Restrictions on the use of, and access to, information by public officials and representatives
Chapter 6 Public access to information and access to meetings
Chapter 7 Access to personal information and privacy
Chapter 8 Information and open government - specific areas
Chapter 9 Information, redress of grievance and judicial review
Chapter 10 Litigation and information
Chapter 11 The National Audit Office and the Comptroller and Auditor General

Annex A Statutory materials
Annex B List of statutory provisions concerning prohibitions on disclosure of information