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FOI - Freedom of Information Act gives people a right of access to information held by public bodies or agencies.
The FOI covers a very wide range of public bodies and institutions, ranging from central government departments, state government, cities, schools and councils.
USA - Freedom of Information - FOIA
  • USA - USDOJ: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Federal agencies and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and public records requests.
  • USA - Freedom of Information Act in United States From Wikipedia: The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as amended, represents the implementation of freedom of information legislation in the United States. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 6, 1966 (Public Law 89-554, 80 Stat. 383; Amended 1996, 2002, 2007), and went into effect the following year. This act allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States Government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the statute.
  • The Freedom of Information Act Amended 1996
    U.S. Department of Justice FOIA complete reference
    Comprehensive list of FOIA officers in US government
    FOIA Guidance -- U.S. Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act, 2009
    Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act by the United States Congress Committee on Government Reform.
    The National Security Archive - A non-profit organization which collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the FOIA.
    Open Records Law Handbook
    Executive Order: Improving Agency Disclosure of Information
  • "Veto Battle 30 Years Ago Set Freedom of Information Norms: Scalia, Rumsfeld, Cheney Opposed Open Government Bill; Congress Overrode President Ford's Veto of Court Review". Electronic Briefing Book No. 142 . National Security Archive (George Washington University, Washington, D.C.). 2004-11-23.
  • FBI Freedom of Information Act/Privacy website
    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from UCB Libraries GovPubs
    The Black Vault - Free online database of more than 500,000 pages of declassified government/military records, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act
    Principle U.S. FOIA Contacts
    U.S. Dept of Justice FOIA Guidance, 2009
    UK - United Kingdom - Freedom of Information - FOI Act
  • UK - FOI - Department for Constitutional Affairs - People's Rights - One-stop-shop for information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The responsibility for freedom of information has passed from the Department for Constitutional Affairs to the Ministry of Justice since 2007. Visit the site to for updated guidance and resources for people working in public authorities.
  • UK - Your Rights - How to make a request Any person can make a request under the Act - there are no restrictions on your age, nationality, or where you live. All you have to do is write to (or email) the public authority that you think holds the information you want. You should make sure that you include: your name, an address where you can be contacted and description of the information that you want.
  • UK - OPSI Acts - Freedom of Information Act - UK government legislation and definitions for public information regulations and sector organisations obligations.
  • UK - FOI Guide - - Freedom of Information Act Short Guide
  • Scotland - FOI Freedom of Information Act - Review the bodies in the Schedule 1 of the Act that covers public authorities in the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
  • The Department for Constitutional Affairs
    The DCA is the lead department responsible for Freedom of Information policy.
    The Information Commissioner
    The Information Commissioner is the independent authority responsible for administering and enforcing the Act, including approval of publication schemes.
    The Scottish Information Commissioner
    The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the promotion and enforcement of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
    The Information Tribunal
    Decisions of the Information Commissioner can be appealed to the Information Tribunal.
    The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    DEFRA have responsibility for the Environmental Information Regulations which make specific provision for access to environmental information.
    The National Archives
    TNA produces policy and guidance on records management, and on public records held in archives offices, to enable public authorities to meet their obligations under the Act.
    Campaign for Freedom of Information
    Charter 88 website: unlocking democracy
    NHS FOI guidance
    Open government: a journal on Freedom of Information - This journal aims to publish research and communications related to Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation from the perspective of academics, practitioners and FOI users.
  • Ireland -
  • FOI Central Policy Unit Department of Finance, Floor 3, 7-9 Merrion Row, Dublin 2. Ireland. Tel +353 1 631 8258 Fax +353 1 604 5750 eMail:
  • Australia -
  • Freedom of information - The Queensland Freedom of Information Act 1992 (FOI Act) gives people a right, subject to limited exceptions, to access documents held by ministers and government agencies. The Queensland FOI Act was a key recommendation of the Fitzgerald report (the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Possible Illegal Activities and Associated Police Misconduct). It is designed to extend as far as possible the right of access to information held by the Queensland Government. Through FOI, every person has a legally enforceable right to documents of agencies and official documents of Ministers, subject to certain exemptions and exclusions in the FOI Act.
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