The following Freedom of Information requesthas been lodged with the Information Commissioner’s Office on the 10th August 2015 about the status ofATVOD in regards to being liable to service Freedom of Information requests:
Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,
1. Minutes and records of all discussions or documents relating to the consideration of whether ATVOD should be accountable under the FoIA.
2. Representations made by ATVOD as to the process to determine their accountability under the act.
I’m not really sure why there should be a debate. ATVOD reports directly to the government and also to the official state censors Ofcom. In addition ATVOD enforces censorship rules specified directly by the two government departments: The Department of Culture media & Sport; and the Crown Prosecution Service.
ATVOD claims to be a ‘co-regulator’ representing both the government and the industry, but given that ATVOD has spent its entire life crucifying a large section of the UK internet trade, it seems to be a bit of a one sided co-regulation relationship.
Surely ATVOD is a state censor, and as such should be open to freedom of information requests.