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Thursday, January 03, 2013

British Freedom of Information Act took effect
Kyle Webster at 12:00 AM ET

On January 3, 2005, Britain's Freedom of Information Act took effect, four years after its passage by Parliament. The Act, in conjunction with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, make most government documents accessible to citizens through a request process. An amendment providing various exceptions was proposed in 2007, but failed in the House of Lords. The United Kingdom is one of over 90 nations with a freedom of information act of some sort.

Coat of arms of the United Kingdom

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