1. The Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to ask any public sector organisation for the recorded information they have on any subject.

Anyone can make a request for information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live.

Your request will be handled under different regulations depending on the kind of information you’re after, for example:

  • the Data Protection Act if you ask for information an organisation holds about yourself
  • the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) if you ask for environmental information from an organisation

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