Atkinson and Environmental Protection Agency
(1998 S0125, 30 November 1999)
This 'reverse FOI' application involved designs and specifications of a composting toilet created by the applicant. The applicant objected to the disclosure of the designs and specifications to the access applicant, which was a firm which produced a similar product. The applicant also objected to the disclosure of his address.
The Information Commissioner decided that a number of the design features contained in the matter in issue were exempt from disclosure under s.45(1)(b) of the FOI Act, and that the address of the applicant was exempt matter under s.44(1) of the FOI Act.