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Monday, July 30, 2007

UK guide to vexatious applicant

Short posts, on holidays.

The UK Information Commissioner has issued guidelines on what constitutes a vexatious Freedom of Information application that could be useful in those Australian jurisdictions where the act includes a similar provision.

A vexatious application is one that imposes a significant burden in terms of distraction or expense to an agency and also meets one of the following criteria:
  • clearly doesn't have any serious purpose or value;

  • designed to cause disruption or annoyance;

  • has the effect of harassing the agency;

  • can otherwise fairly be characterised as obsessive or manifestly unreasonable.

The UK FOI blog provides a link to the document.

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