The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 was signed into law on 14 October 2014 and replaces the FOI Acts 1997 and 2003.
Rights Under the Act
Under the FOI Act 2014, individuals are entitled to apply for access to information held in records that are not otherwise publically available.
Each individual has a legal right to:
- access information held in records by public bodies;
- have official information held by a public body relating to him/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading;
- obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself taken by a public body.
The Act asserts the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.