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ICO statement in response to the Open Data White Paper

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued the following statement today in response to the publication of the Open Data White Paper.

Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham said:

“We welcome the publication of today’s Open Data White Paper and its recognition that transparency and openness must be central to the way modern public authorities operate. The proposals complement the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act and so support the accountability of public authorities. The paper also recognises the privacy concerns that must be addressed if these proposals are to be successful.

“We will continue to work with the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice to ensure that the open data agenda and the government’s wider data sharing proposals increase transparency and accountability, while respecting the privacy rights of the UK citizen.”

Further information on today’s announcement can be found on the Cabinet Office website.