First Scottish Complaint Ruling

The Scotsman newspaper reported the first complaint ruling by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The UK Information Commissioner has yet to announce any similar enforcement action.

Mon 23 May 2005
Authority rapped after freedom of information act complaint

A public authority was today formally criticised for breaching new freedom of information laws.

In his first complaint ruling, Scotland’s information commissioner, Kevin Dunion, said the Lothian and Borders Safety Camera Partnership had wrongly refused to release information on the calibration of its equipment.

It has given the organisation three months to make improvements. The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act came into force at the start of the year and gives access rights to information held by Scottish public authorities.

The complaint arose after a motorist asked the partnership for the information in February, after he allegedly committed a speeding offence. But the organisation refused, stating that the calibration certificate he requested was police evidence and may be produced in court.

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