New FOIA guidance – attack on anonymity for no good reason
Been meaning to write about this since I heard from FishNChipPapers that his requests were being refused by the Met on the grounds that he wasn’t using a real name.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published some new Guidelines for Organisations, regarding the use of Anonymous or Pseudonymous Names by people who submit Freedom of Information Act requests:
The name of the applicant
The use of the phrase “the name of the applicant” in section 8(1)(b) indicates that the real name of the applicant should be used when requesting information and not any other name, for example, a pseudonym.
Why is this considered necessary?
And what real difference will it make? People can and will continue to use plausible pseudonyms.