UK and EU open data initiatives - legal and regulatory implications

Posted by : Peter Wienand | Date posted : 25/01/2012

Both the UK Government and EU Commission have recently announced a series of open data initiatives.  The belief is that economic growth will be fuelled by freeing up restrictions on re-use of public sector information (PSI).  As detailed in this bulletin (which can be accessed below), there are various strands to these initiatives, which will affect a range of sectors, but in different ways. 

These changes present opportunities for a review of the legal and regulatory landscape, which is complex to say the least.  The UK's Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI) has asked whether the regime could be simplified and a paper on this by APPSI's Deputy Chair, Peter Wienand (a partner of Farrer & Co) has just been posted on the APPSI site: see Simplifying the legal framework.

If you require further information on anything covered in this briefing please contact Peter Wienand (; 020 3375 7355) or your usual contact at the firm on 020 3375 7000.