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  Freedom of information legislation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Australia, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 was passed at the federal level in 1982, applying to all "ministers, departments and public authorities" of the Commonwealth.
Currently, the freedom of information regime in Israel is unusual in that it is the only country where public universities and colleges are not subject to the legislation on a national basis; the justice minister, however, has looked into extending the law to cover these institutions.
The Freedom of Information Act of 19 June 1970 is the implementation of freedom of information legislation in Norway on a national level.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Freedom_of_Information_Act   (3267 words)

 Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Acts of Parliament of the Kingdom of England to 1600
Acts of Parliament of the Kingdom of England to 1706
Acts of Parliament of the Kingdom of Ireland
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Freedom_of_Information_Act_2000   (1001 words)

 Freedom of Information Act (United States) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the implementation of freedom of information legislation in the United States.
Freedom of information is a phrase commonplace in press and public alike.
The Privacy Act (1974) is, summarily, a similar act regulating government control of documents which concern a citizen.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/FOIA   (1345 words)

 Freedom of Information Act 2000 : implementation & practice
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, 'information' includes all information held anywhere within an institution and does not have to be in the form of a specific document or structure, eg a database.
The separate Freedom of Information Act for Scotland, passed by the Scottish Executive on 28 May 2002, is the subject of a separate briefing paper.
As information included in the publication scheme is exempt from requests for information, it may be in an institution's interest to consider including a wider range of documentation in its publication scheme than was previously considered necessary to make public.
www.jisc.ac.uk /index.cfm?name=pub_ib_foi   (3200 words)

 Freedom of Information Act 2000 : Snr Mgt : strategy and policy
The Act will be brought fully into force at the beginning of 2005, when the general right of access to information will begin and public authorities will be required to deal with individual requests.
When deciding what information should be included in its scheme, an institution must consider the general public interest in allowing access to information and the public interest in making available the reasons behind institutional decisions.
In particular, information is exempt from the Act if it is accessible to the applicant by other means, so information that will be accessible under the institution's publication scheme need not be provided in response to an individual request.
www.jisc.ac.uk /index.cfm?name=pub_ibsm_foi   (1263 words)

 Campaign for Freedom of Information
The Campaign for Freedom of Information is a non-profit organisation working to improve public access to official information and to ensure that the Freedom of Information Act is implemented effectively.
The Campaign has published an article highlighting the significance of the Information Tribunal’s first three decisions under the UK Freedom of Information Act.
You are welcome to reproduce any of the Campaign's materials provided that (a) the authorship of the Campaign for Freedom of Information is acknowledged and (b) they are not sold or included in a publication for which a charge is made without the Campaign's prior agreement.
www.cfoi.org.uk   (720 words)

 Freedom of Information Act (USA) - SourceWatch
Freedom of information is a phrase bandied about almost daily by press and public alike.
The Freedom of Information Act (and corollary legislation) presents the United States with the problem of a ‘slippery slope’ of free information.
The U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which is 40 years old, "is plagued by chronic backlogs, unjustified rejections and inconsistent responses, according to interviews with open government advocates and lawmakers and a new study by the National Security Archive," reports the Austin American-Statesman.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Freedom_of_Information_Act   (2374 words)

 ipedia.com: Freedom of Information Act Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The purpose of the Privacy Act of Canada, which was introduced in 1983, is to extend the present laws of Canada that protect the privacy of individuals with respect to personal information about themselves held by a government institution and that provide individuals with a right of access to that information.
The act is the responsibility of the Lord Chancellor's Department [1].
The Act led to the renaming of the Data Protection Commissioner who is now known as the Information Commissioner and it is the Office of the Information Commissioner who will oversee the operation of the Act, when it comes into force.
www.ipedia.com /freedom_of_information_act.html   (742 words)

 Freedom of Information Act 2000
Acts of Parliament printed from this website are printed under the superintendence and authority of the Controller of HMSO being the Queen's Printer of Acts of Parliament.
It should be noted that the right to reproduce the text of Acts of Parliament does not extend to the Queen's Printer imprints which should be removed from any copies of the Act which are issued or made available to the public.
Further information about the publication of legislation on this website can be found by referring to the Frequently Asked Questions.
www.hmso.gov.uk /acts/acts2000/20000036.htm   (544 words)

 Department for Constitutional Affairs - People's Rights - Freedom of Information
The access to information central clearing house information about the work of the clearing house and the clearing house toolkit.
The Freedom of Information Annual Report 2005: Operation of the FOI Act in central government [PDF 500kb, 48 pages] was laid before Parliament today
Freedom of Information statistics for October to December 2005 are now available.
www.foi.gov.uk   (285 words)

 Freedom Of Information Act 2000
This enables an applicant who is not satisfied with the response by a public authority to a request for information to apply to the Commissioner for a decision on whether the authority has acted in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
Subsection (4) provides that, although the information communicated to an applicant must be the information held at the time the request was received, account may be taken of amendments or deletions that would have been made in the normal course of events.
Subsection (2) provides that public authorities are not under a duty to disclose information if either the information is exempt by virtue of a provision conferring an absolute exemption or, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
www.opsi.gov.uk /acts/en2000/2000en36.htm   (3938 words)

 Cheat Sheet: Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Public Sector - Breaking Business and Technology News at silicon.com
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is designed to give people easy access to information from public sector organisations, such as central and local government, emergency services, and health and education departments.
In the words of the Lord Chancellor, the act is "challenged with the task of reversing the working premise that everything is secret, unless otherwise stated, to a position where everything is public unless it falls into specified excepted cases".
The act was written in 2000, as its name suggest, so departments have had five years to install new systems to handle requests.
www.silicon.com /publicsector/0,3800010403,39152191,00.htm   (785 words)

 About us | Freedom of Information
FOI applies to information whatever its age, and whether it is at The National Archives or is still held by the originating government department.
The 30 year standard closure period no longer determines access to records; instead, information is assumed to be ´open´ right from the start unless one of the exemptions set out in the Act applies.
They are clearly defined in the Act, are limited in number and are usually used where some harm might result if the information were to be released.
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk /foi   (646 words)

 Department for Constitutional Affairs - Freedom of Information - Legislation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Freedom of Information Act makes it necessary for other legislation to be prepared in order to effect some of the Act's provisions.
There is a requirement in the Freedom of Information Act for the Secretary of State to produce two Codes of Practice on the discharge of public authorities functions, and on the management of records.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Secretary of State is obliged to make an annual report to Parliament on Implementation of the Act until such time as full implementation has taken place.
www.lcd.gov.uk /foi/foiact.htm   (242 words)

 Department for Constitutional Affairs Website
A copy of the Act is available from the HMSO website A copy of the explanatory notes published with the Act is also available on their site.
Under the terms of the Act, any member of the public will be able to apply for access to information held by bodies across the public sector.
The schemes, which must be approved by the Commissioner, will specify the classes of information the authority intends to publish, the manner of publication and whether the information is available to the public free of charge or on payment of a fee.
www.dca.gov.uk /foi/foiact2000.htm   (273 words)

 Freedom of Information: Index page
Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides a right of access to information held by public authorities and sets out exemptions to that right of access.
Information Officer (contact details below) to find out if the information you require has already been published or if there are plans to publish it.
All requests for information will be carefully considered on their own merits and with close regard to the public interest.
www.admin.ox.ac.uk /foi   (507 words)

 Big Lottery Fund - The Freedom of Information Act 2000
It is possible that some of the information may not be available because it falls within one of the exemptions of the Act.
Much of the information we produce is already available for re-use in the form of electronic documents, leaflets and hard copies of publications.
Information on Freedom of Information for our Award Partners can be found here.
www.biglotteryfund.org.uk /foi.htm   (810 words)

 UK FOIA requests   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
There are matters of transparency and the public interest on which the Commissioners could respond to Freedom of information Act requests, within the protection of the Exemptions to the Act, without posing any risk to the confidential matters which they are meant to be providing public scrutiny of.
Freedom of information, and public trust and transparency, for these RIPA Commissioners, is at least as important, in the public interest, as for any of the other public bodies currently covered by Schedule 1.
Since the office of Information of Communications Commissioner is established by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 section 57, and is paid for by the public purse, it must be a Public Body inder the Freedom of Information Act.
www.spy.org.uk /foia   (3238 words)

 Freedom of Information : The Department of Health - Policy and guidance   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000.
If an applicant is dissatisfied with the outcome of their request for information they can seek to resolve the issue by invoking the DH FOI complaints process.
The Act requires every public authority to specify what information they publish (in terms of information 'classes'), how the information is made available, and whether it is available free of charge or upon payment.
www.dh.gov.uk /PolicyAndGuidance/FreedomOfInformation/fs/en   (427 words)

 Freedom of Information Act 2000
If the cost of locating and extracting the information would exceed the limit indicated under the Fees Regulations (£450 for local government, £600 for central government), then the public authority is not obliged to respond to the request for information.
Any information that is held by the council is eligible for release under the Act.
There will be no charge for information that will cost us less than £450 to gather, other than possibly for the costs of photocopying and postage depending on the amount of information involved.
www.northtyneside.gov.uk /foi.htm   (1193 words)

 Freedom of Information Act 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been introduced to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public authorities, this Trust included, by providing people with rights of access to the information held.
The Trust must produce and maintain a publication scheme, setting out details of information which is routinely made available, how the information can be obtained and whether there is any charge for it.
Some of the exemptions require the public authority to consider whether it is in the public interest to withhold information, this decision should be made by the Freedom of Information Manager.
www.cmht.nwest.nhs.uk /patient_info/publication_scheme/freedom.asp   (335 words)

 Ofcom Website | Freedom of Information Act 2000
With effect from January 2005 the Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows anyone the right to ask for information held by Ofcom.
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Ofcom's publication scheme
Ofcom's publication scheme is a guide to the information which we publish.
www.ofcom.org.uk /about/cad/foiindex   (124 words)

 The Freedom of Information Act 2000
The general right of access under the Freedom of Information Act is subject to some exemptions and the Act places a number of obligations on local authorities.
Follow the navigation links in the left margin to find out how the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act are being implemented at Salford City Council or for more general information visit www.foi.gov.uk or www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Complaints procedure: Freedom of Information Act requestsAny expression of discontent with a decision made in relation to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act, will be considered an appeal/complaint and dealt with under this procedure.
www.salford.gov.uk /council/freedomofinformation.htm   (224 words)

 NHS - Good Hope Hospital - Freedom of Information Act 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The aim of the Act is to provide a culture, which is committed to openness, whereby an array of information will be available in the public arena, about Good Hope Hospital.
At the centre of the Act is the requirement to produce a Publication Scheme.
The Publication Scheme offers guidance on what information will be available as a matter of routine, and how the information can be obtained, subject to certain exemptions.
www.goodhope.org.uk /corporate_other/freedom_of_Information   (264 words)

 Freedom of Information Act 2000
"Disclosure of information by Parliamentary Commissioner to Information Commissioner.
(ii) section 77 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (offence of altering etc. records with intent to prevent disclosure).
In Schedule 9 to the Government of Wales Act 1998 (the Welsh Administration Ombudsman), at the end of paragraph 25 (confidentiality of information) there is inserted-
www.hmso.gov.uk /acts/acts2000/00036-ad.htm   (1112 words)

 Inner City Press Freedom of Information Guide
The federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was made into law by Congress in 1966, declaring that every document in the possession of federal government agencies is presumptively available to the public.
Subsequently the Federal district court in Wilmington declared Delaware's "citizens-only" Freedom of Information Act to be unconstitutional; Delaware appealed, and three judges heard it on May 11.
Delaware’s citizens-only Freedom of Information Act was struck down as unconstitutional in federal court.
www.innercitypress.org /foia.html   (4548 words)

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives people a general right of access to information held by or on behalf of public authorities, promoting a culture of openness and accountability across the public sector.
Research Findings - public authorities' perceptions of Freedom of Information, one year on.
Scotland has its own Scottish Environmental Information Regulations and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 regulated by the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office.
www.ico.gov.uk /eventual.aspx?id=33   (204 words)

 TV Licensing - Freedom of Information Act 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applies to UK public authorities.
This applies to all TV Licensing information held by our contracted agents where it is held on behalf of the Licensing Authority to administer the collection of television licence fees and enforcement of the television licensing system ('TV Licensing' is a trading name used by agents contracted by the Licensing Authority (the BBC).
FOI requests must be in writing (including email), clearly state the requestor's name and an address for correspondence, and must describe what information is required.
www.tvlicensing.co.uk /aboutus/fia.jsp   (219 words)

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