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Introduction

DIAS became a prescribed body under the Freedom of Information Act on 31 May 2006. The Freedom of Information Act 2014 came into effect in October 2014. Under the FOI Act, the following legal rights apply :

  1. a legal right for each person to access information held by public bodies;
  2. a legal right for each person to have official information held by a public body relating to him/herself amended where it is found to be incomplete, incorrect or misleading;
  3. a legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself taken by a public body.

The FOI Act asserts the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals. The FOI Act allows public access to records held by DIAS which are not routinely available through other sources. Access to information under the Act is subject to certain exemptions and restrictions and involves specific procedures and time limits.