Climate Research Unit broke freedom of information rules

The Times Online reports:

The university at the centre of the climate change row over stolen e-mails broke the law by refusing to hand over its raw data for public scrutiny.

The University of East Anglia breached the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to comply with requests for data concerning claims by its scientists that man-made emissions were causing global warming.

The Information Commissioner’s Office decided that UEA failed in its duties under the Act but said that it could not prosecute those involved because the complaint was made too late, The Times has learnt. The ICO is now
seeking to change the law to allow prosecutions if a complaint is made more than six months after a breach.

This does not surprise me. Some of the emails demonstrated an appalling attitude to the Freedom of Information Act (let alone the transparency regarding methods and data that scientists should display) and some even hinted at or proposed actions that would be in violation of that Act.

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