How to request information from us
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005. The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.
FOI replaced the Open Government Code of Practice, which has been in operation since 1994.
Data Protection and FOI – how do the two interact?
The Data Protection Act 2018 came into force that same year.
Under the Data Protection Act, subject to certain conditions, an individual is entitled to be:
· Told whether any personal data is being processed;
· Given a description of the personal data, the reasons it is being processed,
and whether it will be given to any other organisations or people; and
· Given a copy of the information comprising the data; and given details of the source of the data (where this is available).
The FOI Act does not give individuals access to their personal information, though if a request is made, the Data Protection Act gives the individual this right. If the individual chooses to make this information public it could be used alongside non-personal information gained by the public under the terms of the FOI Act.