Freedom of Information

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In the broad­est sense, free­dom of infor­ma­tion “FOI” is the public’s right to a free flow of infor­ma­tion in soci­ety. This includes our rights of free­dom of expres­sion and access to infor­ma­tion with­out undue restric­tions imposed by gov­ern­ment, cor­po­ra­tions, or other entities.

The term FOI is also used in a nar­rower sense to mean the individual’s right of access to gov­ern­ment records and information.

Access to information

Access to and control over information is enormously important to the survival and success of both individuals and organizations. It is also vital to personal freedom and the continued viability of our democracy.

We need access to information for all for the purposes of personal development, education, cultural enrichment, leisure activities, economic activities and informed participation in democracy.