Category Archives: Freedom of Information

Privacy in the age of Data Journalism (4) – A Data Journalism check list

The good news for Data Journalists is that according to each of the bodies that govern British journalists intruding into the private lives of citizens in the UK is always justifiable – as long as it stands a strong enough … Continue reading

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Privacy in the age of Data Journalism (3) – Ofcom and the PCC

Ofcom Like all other public bodies Ofcom allow journalists to circumvent all of its strict rules on broadcasting private information if the argument for public interest outweighs the right to privacy. Details of a person’s home or family, even if they … Continue reading

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Free data from TfL? Think again

Earlier this year, I wrote my first published data story with the Telegraph. Based upon a Freedom of Information request placed by open data Adrian Short in October 2010, the story was found inside the first One million Barclays Cycle … Continue reading

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Privacy in the age of Data Journalism (2) – The UK’s Privacy Law

After covering European Convention’s relating to privacy legislation the next step on my BEGINNERS GUIDE TO UK PRIVACY LEGISLATION would seem to be: UK Privacy Legislation Unfortunately turning to Britain’s own privacy Law’s does not clear up where the line between privacy … Continue reading

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Privacy in the age of Data Journalism (1) – a Beginner’s Guide

Privacy legislation in the UK is a potential minefield for journalists – and this has never been more true than in the current trend for posting large data sets almost verbatim (more commonly known as Data Journalism). Whilst the there … Continue reading

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“But you can’t just stick stuff out, it has to be checked” – an interview with Ben Leapman

At the recent Future Human : Data Journalism event in Shoreditch (yes, I  know, trendy right) I managed to catch up with Ben Leapman, Deputy News Editor at the Telegraph and major player in the MP’s expenses stories,to talk to … Continue reading

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Open data – but how much is too much?

When government data is so often released in unhelpful formats, with a lack of useful detail, or just not at all under the strictures of the Data Protection Act, it’s a common reaction to demand greater – perhaps total – … Continue reading

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