Freedom of Information Act 2000
27 December 2008
What ‘information’ will now be ‘free’? The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”) came into force in the UK on 1 January 2005.
The legislation gives citizens the right to know information held by any governmental or public body, whose decisions are now ostensibly visible and transparent. If an individual requests access to information on a particular matter, public authorities must grant access to it within 20 days, provided that it is not covered by an exemption under the FOIA.