Why Do We Need a Freedom of Information Law?
The objects of this Law are to reinforce and give further effect to certain fundamental principles underlying the system of constitutional democracy:
- Accountability and
- Public participation in national decision-making
by granting to the public a general right of access to records held by public authorities.
The FOI law is important to you, even if you don't need to request information
Access to government records provides citizens with the information they need to participate in the democratic process. An informed electorate is better able to evaluate and monitor public officials and ensure an honest, competent and responsive government. It means that every citizen can exercise responsibility as a voter and, equipped with the right to access information, hold the administration accountable as representatives of the people. In a democracy, the records belong to the people and are held on trust for the people by the government.
Information is crucial to good decision-making, whether the issue is big or small. Through Cayman's Freedom of Information legislation you now have access to the thousands of records Government produces yearly containing information about roads, housing, employment, policies on energy, immigration, security, disaster preparedness, planning, environmental protection, health care or education.
Freedom of Information can help make our society a better place to live.
Last Updated: 2008-11-20