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Freedom of Information

Who ensures that Nottinghamshire Police complies with the Act?

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The Information Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that all public authorities comply with the Act.

Will I be able to get personal information about myself under the Act?

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No, Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act exempts any information that constitutes personal data. 

Requests for personal information will be dealt with in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Does the Act only apply to records created from 1st January 2005?

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No, although the Freedom of Information Act came into effect from 1 January 2005, it is fully retrospective.

What if I want some information that is not included in the Publication Scheme?

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If you want to access information not provided within the publication scheme, you can submit a Freedom of Information Request.

Do I have to pay for any of the information included in the Publication Scheme?

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There are currently no charges for information contained in the Publication Scheme.

What is a Publication Scheme?

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A publication scheme provides details of what information is provided by organisations and details of how to obtain that information. 

Public authorities have to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme.

What rights does the Act provide?

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives two related rights

  • The right to be told whether the information exists

and

  • The right to receive the information (subject to exemptions)

What is the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act?

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To give the public greater access to information about the workings of government and public bodies.

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