Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. It does it in two ways ...
- Public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities
- Members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities
The act covers any recorded information held by a public authority. Recorded information includes any information that is held on printed documents, computer-based files, letters, emails, photographs and sound/video recordings.
The act does not give people access to their own personal data, such as credit reference files or health records. If someone wants to see their own data then they should make a subject access request under the Data Protection Act. You can click on the link below to read the tutorial on the Data Protection Act.The Data Protection Act
Anyone can make an Freedom of Information request to a public authority and it is the responsibility of the public authority to respond.
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