Access to Information Policy

Summary

Prepared under the Data Protection Act 1998, Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000

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The Data Protection Act 1998 sets out rules for processing personal information and applies to personal data held in structured manual files as well as those held electronically on computers. In addition, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 extended the Data Protection Act 1998 to apply to all recorded personal data (including that held in unstructured manual files) held by data controllers who are also public authorities for the purposes of the 2000 Act.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) gives a general right of access to all types of ‘recorded’ information held by public authorities, subject to certain exemptions, and places a number of obligations on public authorities. The exemptions are designed to protect confidential or other information where disclosure may prejudice the interests of the State or of third parties.

Estyn's publication scheme has been developed using the Information Commissioner’s (ICO) best practice model and is continually updated, for example when a new policy is introduced or an existing one refreshed.

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 specifically provide public access to environmental information held by public authorities.

This policy sets out the arrangements that Estyn has in place to ensure compliance with the Acts.