What Information Can I Get Access to?

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The Freedom of Information Law grants a right of access to records held by the Cayman Islands Government. A record is defined broadly to mean "information held in any form," (s.2) i.e. in the possession, custody or control of a public authority. This applies to all non-exempt (s.6) records created by Government, regardless of the date of creation.

Where access is already provided by another means, e.g. public register or is available for purchase or in accordance with administrative procedures, a FOI request is not required.

Information Managers are designated under the FOI Law to receive requests for information from the public. Public authorities will have to determine if access will be granted, partially granted, refused or deferred. If information is refused it must be on one or more of the following grounds:

  • The information is exempt under the FOI Law
  • The information is excluded from your right of access,
  • The information is prohibited from disclosure by another law in the Cayman Islands,
  • The information does not exist,
  • Your request is an unreasonable diversion of resources or vexatious.

In some instances, even if the information is exempt it may have to be released if it is in the public interest. If a decision is made to refuse the request, the Information Manager will be required to advise the requestor of the reasons for refusal and what he or she can do to appeal the decision by internal review or appeal to the Information Commissioner. In some instances, decisions may be made to release part of the document following redaction of the exempt information.

Last Updated: 2008-11-20