Protection of Freedoms Bill – Release and publication of datasets held by public authorities

With UK legislation still lacking online commentability, I thought I’d grab a copy of the part of the Bill dealing with the release of public datasets, Part 6 Freedom of information and data protection: Publication of certain datasets.

However, I couldn’t find an easy way of grabbing the appropriate sections in such a way that I could paste it into this document and retain the formatting (given additional constraints that this is a WordPress hosted blog and I can’t appply custom styling to span tagged elements…). So here are some image grabs of the appropriate pages of the PDF version of the Bill…

PS if anyone has any ideas on embedding Bill contents in a blogpost, please let me know…

PS via the International Forum for Responsible Media Blog, here’s a commentary on the above clauses by (legal trainer?) Ibrahim Hasan: FOI Datasets: The Protection of Freedoms Bill


  1. jtownend

    You could always open the PDF version, delete the irrelevant pages and then upload the remainder to Scribd? That can be embedded in WordPress hosted.

  2. jtownend

    Rare that I can help you ;-) ! Users can comment underneath Scribd docs, but I don’t think you can annotate them. Haven’t investigated whether any doc services that allow annotation would be compatible with hosted – I think there are plug-ins for self-hosted.

    • Wahyuni

      YES, there are all sorts of issues about kinatg data out of context and then representing it devoid of that context, but that wasn’t the point Um, what is the point, then? To do something that’s kewel ? All surface and no substance? All process and technical trickery and no actual thought or context?Again, Brian, the problem is not that this stuff is pointless. The problem is that it is actively misleading and misinformative.And again, where’s the upside?

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