[LINK] Re: FOI Act and Web-Site Design
Wed, 12 Feb 2003 15:02:31 +1100
I wrote to the DoCITA webmaster:
>And is your site going to send me a copy of the text I've typed into
>this very annoying interface? If not, you're actively denying me
>the opportunity to archive my message, and to record a date and time
>stamp so that I can follow it up later if you fail to answer me.
>I suggest that you check with your lawyers, to see whether your site
>may be in breach of the Freedom of Information Act.
I got a prompt response to the underlying request for the org chart.
There *was* a link on the home-page; but it was embedded in a block
of text, rather than being bulletised; so I overlooked it.
But here's the continuation of correspondence re FOI:
Your way of handling enquiries provides my text and time-stamp back
to me. But it would be helpful if you indicated that on your
web-form, so that the poster knows that he'll get a copy back.
It would be helpful if you would make the box larger, so that the
person can see what they're typing.
Under *those* circumstances, I would agree that you would not be in
breach of the FOI Act, because you'd then be taking reasonable steps
to facilitate enquiries.
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
Visiting Professor in the eCommerce Program, University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre, U.N.S.W
Visiting Fellow in Computer Science, Australian National University