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Competition watchdog reports


The Office of Fair Trading’s long awaited market study into the commercial use of public sector information makes interesting reading. It appeared too late for this week’s edition but we’ll be taking a close look next week. It doesn’t recommend “free data” – that possibility was never in its remit – but it does list a catalogue of obstructive behaviour and opaque pricing.

One public sector agency is singled out as a special case because of the problems encountered by users of its information, and for the way “previous attempts by regulators and other bodies to influence [its] behaviour…. have met with resistance”. If you can’t guess which one, and are in a hurry to find out, read The Commercial Use of Public Information, (OFT 861), Office of Fair trading.



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