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Government suppliers may be ordered to open up data

Computer Weekly - Private companies may be required to open up data and make their activities answerable to Freedom of Information (FoI) law when they are contracted to work for the public sector.

A Cabinet Office Review of the proposal, a Liberal Democrat manifesto pledge, is being conducted by Nigel Shadbolt of Southampton University for the Cabinet Office transparency board and local public data panel.

Shadbolt told Computer Weekly: "The issue is something the Transparency Board is looking at."

"It's a wider concern around the whole idea of services being contracted out to the private sector, when it's public data. We will have to be clear that we can get that data on open data principles."

Shadbolt is leading the government's drive to open up its data, working with web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee.