Why are our recent simple Freedom of Information Act requests being met with bureaucratic obstruction, based on such dubious legal grounds ?
Why should the Freedom of Information Act exemptions be used to try to hide the Names and Job Titles of former Russian Federation diplomats in London ?
Partly to prove that that Freedom of Information Act requests to the House of Commons are not all about MP's expenses or Constituents' personal details:
In both of these "disclosures, the public authorities have sought to censor or redact or simply refuse to disclose just the Names and Job Titles of bureaucrats, claiming that these somehow constitute "personal data, even though the FOIA section 40 Personal Data exemption guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office or the Ministry of Justice / Department for Constitutional Affairs is not so draconian
The House of Commons also seeks to hide the name, email address and direct telephone numbers - information which Home Office civil servants are quite happy to print out on their Letterheads, by trying to use the section 38 Health and Safety exemption.
How exactly is a civil servant's "Health" or "Safety" put "at risk" through the publication of their official, well protected, *.gsi.gov.uk Government Secure Intranet gateway email address ?