What does the Freedom of Information Act allow a citizen to do?

What does the Freedom of Information Act allow a citizen to do?

Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.

What Information Cannot be released under FOIA?

Information/data that is NOT covered by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) includes: Non-agency records and personal records. Public requests for access to physical artifacts or scientific samples (e.g. core samples, sediment, rocks, fossils, specimen samples, blood samples).

How long should a Freedom of Information request take?

Under the Act, most public authorities may take up to 20 working days to respond, counting the first working day after the request is received as the first day. For schools, the standard time limit is 20 school days, or 60 working days if this is shorter.

Do you have the right to access your personal information?

You have the right to access your personal information under the Privacy Act and, if needed, have it corrected. You have the right to access your personal information and have it amended or annotated if you think it’s inaccurate, incomplete, out of date, misleading or incorrect under FOI Act.

What does the Freedom of Information Act do?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.

How to access personal information under the FOI Act?

You can access your personal information by: 1 asking the agency that holds your personal information for it 2 requesting access to it under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) 3 requesting access to it under the FOI Act

What can I ask for in a freedom of Information request?

You can ask for the following records: A record can be a paper document or information held on computer. It includes, for example, printouts, maps, plans, microfilm, audio-visual material, disks and tapes. Section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for fees and charges.

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