Scotland Considers Expanding FOIA Jurisdiction

6 August 2010

Whether private organizations that perform public functions should be made subject to the Freedom of Information law is being examined in Scotland.

The Scottish government is considering broadening the scope of the law to include private sector firms which run prisons, schools and hospitals, according to the U.K. Press Association article and an account in the Panopticon blog.

The issue will be examined during a 14-week consultation that began in late July with an official announcement.    

Organizations under consideration include  contractors who build and/or maintain schools, hospitals and roads; private prison operators; and leisure, sport and cultural trusts set up by local authorities.

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