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Pages: 224

Language: English

Publisher: Pluto Press (29 Oct. 2004)

By: Heather Brooke(Author)

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The public had no right to most of this information - until now. On 1 January 2005 the Freedom of Information Act came into force giving the British public a legal right for the first time to access information from more than 100,000 public authorities. But in order to take advantage of this new right you first have to know who holds the information and how to get it. Your Right to Know gives you the tools you need to get the information you want. It explains all the main laws of access in clear language with practical advice on how to file actual requests. Chapters deal in depth with how to get information from all areas of public life: central government, transport, security and defense, the justice system, police and law enforcement, health, the environment, education, local government, business, and individuals. You'll find in each chapter an outline of who is responsible for what, where to go for information and how to get that information and hold public servants and public agencies accountable. If you've ever wanted to force open the secretive doors of government, this is the guide you need.

An invaluable tool enabling campaigners, lawyers and interested members of the public to negotiate the Freedom of Information Act. -- Gareth Crossman, Head of Policy, LibertyBoth revealing and practical, Your Right to Know is a necessary antidote to the British culture of secrecy -- David Banisar, Deputy Director of Privacy InternationalHeather Brooke tells readers how they can successfully challenge the system using the latest public access laws. -- Michael Crick, BBC journalist


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Customer reviews:

  • By Carol Nicholas on 18 August 2017

    Disappointing thought it was rights of access not just freedom of information access

  • By Guest on 16 November 2005

    The beauty of this book is how accessible it is for everyone, not just journalists or others interested in freedom of information. This is a book that EVERY single British citizen should read. It succinctly tells you what you have a right to know as a tax-paying citizen, where to find it and how to go about getting it. Information is power. For too long information has been hoarded and not been given to the people in a mistaken belief in medieval paternalism. Well, we now have the power within our grasp, if we shake the sluggish chains of ignorance and disinterest off of our ankles. THIS BOOK is essential for all British citizens to know what is rightfully theirs to know. Brooke's writing is approachable and digestible, and this book is far from a "text book read." Useful, real-life stories and antidotes pepper the text and keep it moving. But, each chapter also stands on its own, i.e., government, health, education, etc. A must-read for any person who loves Britain, its people and its future.

  • By Liam Hogan on 18 April 2005

    In the spirit of FOI, I have to admit upfront that I know the author. That said, this isn't going to be a "rush out and read this book" sycophantic review. Mainly because this isn't the sort of book you want to read cover to cover; instead, treat it as a reference guide. As such it is very detailed, there are contact details (including named individuals where appropriate) for every public authority in Britain, an essential first step if you are going to try and get any information out of them! These details change, and this book was launched before the act came into force, and for that reason the author maintains a website of changes and experiences at [...]Now, while I say this isn't the sort of book you'll read cover to cover, it's worth digging in a bit whatever your interest, because in addition to being a reference guide to all the FOI contacts, it also describes and explains what these public authorities do. And since there are more than 100,000 of them, I found it quite an eye opener on the scale of our government! These sections generally preface each chapter, with the latter half being the contact details.All of which would still make the book fairly dry and academic to the average reader, but the author also compares and contrasts the degree of freedom of Information between Britain and the US, which shows how far we have yet to go.Which makes this book both informative, disturbing, and an essential reference for anyone contemplating a FOI request.

  • By MRS T. on 24 November 2016

    Did not like this book much. It just lists public bodies that are subject to the Act. It does not inform as to how the Act operates. Not a good read. Only has 2 template letters for Data Protection.

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