Police Scotland car | CC | Steven Straiton

Scottish Government orders review of undercover policing in Scotland

The Scottish Government has ordered a review of undercover policing following a decision by the Home Office not to extend the Pitchford Inquiry to Scotland. The Pitchford Inquiry was established last year to examine undercover policing in England and Wakes after it emerged that Met Police officers abused their powers during covert operations. Some officers…

Ruling: government broke freedom of information law on porpoises

The Scottish Government has breached freedom of information law by delaying the release of information on harbour porpoises, according to an investigation by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, has criticised officials for being “unnecessarily pedantic” and for taking an “overly narrow interpretation” when rejecting a request for information on proposed porpoise conservation…

Old College | University Of Edinburgh | CC | Kim Traynor | http://bit.ly/2bPPwCE

University of Edinburgh funds 964 chauffeur driven car trips in a year

Senior staff and important guests were provided with hundreds of chauffeur driven car trips by the University of Edinburgh, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. The response from the university explains that it maintains one car and a driver for the “non-exclusive” use of senior staff at the University. The highest priority for use…