The Information Commissioner’s Office [ICO] has released the latest edition of their ‘Monthly Roundup.’
The ICO said, “The Information Commissioner’s Office [ICO] welcomes you to the August issue of our Monthly Roundup. The ICO is an independent public office that promotes and enforces the Public Access to Information [PATI] Act 2010 in Bermuda.
“Every Bermudian and resident has the right to make a PATI request for public records.
“Every Bermudian and resident is a potential PATI requester. Their curiosity may be piqued by what they saw, or perhaps by what they did not see, in and around a government-funded project. They may be motivated enough to take action because of what they heard, or maybe by what was not said, about a public initiative.
“Perhaps they want to understand what policies and procedures are in place to protect their child’s or even their elderly parent’s health, safety and future. Whatever the reason is for making a PATI request, under the PATI Act, Bermudians and residents have the right to ask.
“As the ICO continues to champion transparency under the PATI Act, the ICO looks forward to commemorating International Right to Know Day. On Monday, 28 September, the ICO joins freedom of information officers and advocates around the world in recognizing that public information in the hands of citizens shifts the power of accountability into the hands of the people.
“The PATI Act is an important democratic tool for demanding and expecting transparency from public decision makers. The Information Commissioner is mandated to safeguard these rights.”
The full ICO August 2020 Monthly Roundup follows below [PDF here]:
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