Freedom of Information watchdog caught ‘burying its own bad news’


James Slack
Daily Mail

September 28, 2011

The quango in charge of freedom of information has been caught trying to ‘bury’ its own bad news.

A string of internal emails show staff at the Information Commissioner’s Office conspiring to limit the fallout from a decision not to take action against a snooping website.

Senior public servants at the transparency watchdog describe plans ‘to pick a day when it looks like a busy news day out there’.

David Smith, the deputy information commissioner, is advised to ‘bury’ the announcement ‘amongst others’. In the end, the decision not to take action against the website Internet Eyes – which offers payment to members of the public who use CCTV cameras to spy on innocent shoppers – was made public on June 14.

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