A “Secret” Open Data Deal between the World Bank and Google?
Shortly after news of the deal between Google and the World Bank to promote Google Map Maker data to foreign governments broke, I filed a formal information request from the World Bank asking for a copy of the agreement between Google and the Bank. The Bank, to its credit, responded well within the 20 working days promised time. But the answer was not positive: the agreement could not be released, I was told, because the information [the agreement] was provided to the Bank in confidence by a third-party [Google]. The Bank's information disclosure policy expressly prohibits the Bank from releasing such information without the express written consent of the third-party.