Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives the public a general right of access to information held by public authorities. South Yorkshire Safety Cameras is constituted of public bodies and therefore is subject to the Act.
The Act also recognises that there are valid reasons for withholding information by setting out a number of exemptions from the right to know. For further information regarding exemptions, please see ‘The exemptions’ in the guidance page on the Information Commissioner’s website.
What is covered?
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 covers recorded information in any form. It covers information rather than data or documents and is fully retrospective.
The Act confers two responsibilities:
- the duty to confirm or deny whether the information exists
- the duty to communicate the information
However, the public authority does not have to confirm or deny the existence of the information or provide it if an exemption applies, the request is vexatious or similar to a previous request, or if the cost of compliance exceeds an appropriate limit.
If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can request a review by following the advice contained in the internal review document, available here.
If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
The Information Commissioner's Office,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Telephone: 08456 306060 or 01625 545745
There is no charge for making an appeal.
For details of Complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) please visit the ICO website by clicking here.