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Freedom of Information headlines/round-up week ending 8th February 2013

A round-up of Freedom of Information stories in the media and developments to the FOI act in the United Kingdom from the week ending 8th February 2013. By www.foidirectory.co.uk / @foidirectory

Storified by FOI Directory· Fri, Feb 08 2013 04:59:18

This week Freedom of Information has taught us the following: 
Police officers are taking on jobs as clowns to make more money. 
Police officers take on second jobs as clowns and pilots – Northern Ireland, Local & National – Belfasttelegraph.co.ukPolice officers are taking on extra work as children’s entertainers and pilots to make ends meet. The Belfast Telegraph has discovered th…
The Information Commissioner has this week issued his latest edition of the ICO newsletter. 
February 2013Welcome Welcome to the latest edition of the ICO e-newsletter. In celebration of European Data Protection Day, held each year on 28 Janua…
Wrexham Council have refused to publish a report in child abuse
Wrexham Council Refuse Jillings Report Publication FOI – For Now | Wrexham.comToday Wrexham.com and others who have requested copies of the document were given a formal reply to their Freedom of Information requests…
Police in Birmingham have taken the DNA of more than 6,000 children
West Midlands Police take DNA swabs of 6,000 children in two yearsSamples taken from youngsters involved in vandalism, theft, burglary and violence.
Staying in Birmingham, 400 mobile phones were seized in the prison, more than ever before. This is despite G4S saying they were going to reduce the number found. 
400 mobile phones seized in Birmingham Prison in last YEARG4S pledged to crack down on smuggling in 2011 – but confiscations at highest ever level HMP Birmingham, in Winson Green, Birmingham Inma…
Universities are spending more to attract higher fee paying students 
Times Higher Education – University student marketing spend up 23%Professor Hackley is right, the reasons students choose a particular university are beyond the reach of most university marketing campaig…
From the Freedom of Information blogging ‘scene’.
John Baines has this week posted on one court’s decision to release its lists in error following a Freedom of Information request. 
Courts, Contempt and Data ProtectionFebruary 7, 2013 ยท 9:36 am Can it be possible for HM Courts and Tribunals Service – who have responsibility for publishing court lists – …
Robin Hopkins has written on the Information Commission’s Upper Tribunal ruling on vexatious and unreasonable requests. 
Vexatious and manifestly unreasonable requests: definitive guidance from the Upper Tribunal | Panopticon BlogPublic authorities often have cause to consider whether to treat requests for information as vexatious (section 14 of FOIA) or manifestly…
Ibrahim Hasan has blogged on whether or nor Spiderman can make a FOI request. 
Can Spiderman make a Freedom of Information request?Has your public authority ever received an FOI request from Justin Case, Barb Dwyer or Stan Still? Would these even be valid requests? Ac…

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.