FOI Practitioners’ Conference: Where next for FOI?

Wednesday 3 May 2017

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee


Conference Presentations

GDPR Presentation - Christine O'Neill

Past Present Future - Rosemary Agnew

Seminar A - Free and frank discussion

Seminar B - Anonymisation

Seminar C - Proactive Publication

Seminar D - The ABC of FOI

The Magyar Ruling - Margaret Keyse

This year’s conference will consider the future direction of FOI and EIR law in Scotland, at a time when there are significant changes on the horizon.  The General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in 2018, will alter the way in which practitioners consider requests that involve personal data, while a European Court of Human Rights ruling may also require a fresh approach to the handling of certain types of request.  And there’s also change closer to home as Rosemary Agnew takes up post as Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from 1 May…

The Conference will feature Rosemary’s final address to Centre delegates, reflecting on her time as Commissioner.  There will also be an exploration of the future of FOI, with no less than three Scottish Information Commissioners taking part: two former and one acting Commissioner.

We also have the usual wide range of practical, practitioner-focussed workshops, with sessions exploring the “free and frank” exemptions, the anonymisation of personal data, proactive publication and advice on how to deliver better, more effective FOI.  

Conference Programme 2017