What requests can you make under the Freedom of Information Act?
What are the legal requirements for a request?
- contact the relevant authority directly;
- make the request in writing, for example in a letter or an email. You can make a verbal or written request for environmental information;
- give your real name; and.
- give an address to which the authority can reply.
Do FOI requests need to mention FOI?
For a request to be valid under the Freedom of Information Act it must be in writing, but requesters do not have to mention the Act or direct their request to a designated member of staff. you cannot provide the requested information straight away; or. the requester makes it clear they expect a response under the Act.
What does FOI request mean?
Freedom of information
Freedom of information (FOI) gives you the right to ask any public sector organisation for information they hold. Anyone can request information. You can also ask for information about yourself under data protection legislation.
What information is exempt from a FOIA request?
The exemption covers two broad categories of information in federal agency records: (1) trade secrets; and (2) information that is (a) commercial or financial, and (b) obtained from a person, and (c) privileged or confidential.
When can you refuse a Freedom of Information request?
You can refuse an entire request under the following circumstances: It would cost too much or take too much staff time to deal with the request. The request is vexatious. The request repeats a previous request from the same person.
Are FOI requests confidential?
The fact that you as an individual make an FOI request about a particular subject is enough information in my view to be considered personal information. All personal information is covered by the Data Protection Act, which sets out conditions for the processing (including disclosure) of that information.
What is the difference between freedom of information and data protection?
the FOI acts apply to information held by government departments, agencies and other bodies receiving state funding in Ireland. the data protection acts and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) apply to personal information held by all legal entities, public and private.
What is wrong with the Freedom of Information Act?
But the FOIA remains plagued by problems: crippling delays, hefty fees and outdated technology — not to mention expansive loopholes that federal agencies routinely exploit to deny legitimate requests. Too often, agencies invoke laughable excuses to retain documents.
Can anyone legally hold data about you?
No. Organisations don’t always need your consent to use your personal data. They can use it without consent if they have a valid reason. These reasons are known in the law as a ‘lawful basis’, and there are six lawful bases organisations can use.