Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Acts (1997 – 2003) grant every person a right, subject to certain restrictions, to access information held by government departments, offices, certain designated agencies and other designated bodies in receipt of State funding. The Freedom of Information Acts also allow members of the public to seek access to their own data held by these bodies. When a public body covered by the Freedom of Information Acts receives a Freedom of Information request from a person for their own information, it is required to also consider the request under the Data Protection Acts and give the person the maximum amount of their information taking account the provisions of both sets of legislation. Balancing the requirements of both Acts requires experience, know-how and careful consideration.
Freedom of information group
Our highly experienced freedom of information group provides specialised advice to the public and private sectors on all aspects of the Freedom of Information Acts. We are particularly experienced in dealing with sensitive issues such as requests for information made to the health authorities. These are extremely delicate matters and require prudent and informed consideration which we provide to our clients on an ongoing basis.
Freedom of information services
We cover all aspects of freedom of information including:
- Dealing with requests from the Data Commissioner
- Advising on the implications of decisions made by the Office of the Freedom of Information Commissioner
- Record retention audits
- Freedom of information audits
- High Court appeals
- Confidentiality and privileged information