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Published 21st April 2008, 4:57pm

Comments on the Freedom of Information (FOI) consultation paper Proposals for the Freedom of Information Regulations 2008 should be submitted by this Friday, 25 April. The proposed regulations in this document will govern the administration of the FOI Law and include sections on the functions and duties of information managers, timelines and fees for FOI requests, third party rights, and provisions regarding the public interest test and personal information. While the Cayman Islands FOI Law 2007 provides the public with a general right of access to records held by the Cayman Islands Government, the FOI Regulations explain the manner in which the law must be administered. According to the regulatory document, the FOI Law also highlights matters that need consideration if public authorities are to comply with the law. This consultation paper is the product of extensive research into existing regulations and precedents in other jurisdictions which have a FOI Law, including the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Once public comment has been incorporated, the final regulations will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly. "Cayman's FOI Law is about giving people access to government information which is why we seek public opinion on the proposed FOI Regulations 2008. Asking residents for their views is also in line with the principles underlying the FOI Law," says FOI Coordinator Carole Excell. "We welcome responses from anyone with an interest in, or anyone who has views on, the subjects covered by this paper, including the media, civil society, private sector, international non-governmental organisations and community groups," Ms Excell adds. Proposals for the Freedom of Information Regulations 2008 is available on-line at www.foi.gov.ky or from the FOI Unit in Elizabethan Square. Submit your comments by mail to: FOI Unit, Cayman Islands Government, Elizabethan Square, Building D, George Town. You can also email foi@gov.ky or call FOI Policy Analyst Natasha Bodden on 244-3609.