Freedom of Information Policy
The Scope of Freedom of Information:
It is the unprotected public information that is produced by the Authority of People with Disability, regardless of its source, form, or nature. This includes paper records, e-mails, and information stored on a computer or on any storage source that takes any other form of recorded information.
Who Has the Right to Information?
All individuals who have the right to submit a request and access unprotected public information related to the activities of the Authority of People with Disability.
The Legislations of Freedom of Information:
The Authority of People with Disability is committed to making this information available to individuals in accordance with the "National Data Governance Policies", which regulates this process, its outcomes, and obligations.
The Provisions of This Policy Do Not Apply to “Protected Information”, Which Includes the Following:
1. Information that the disclosure of would harm the national security of the state, its policy, interests, or rights.
2. Military and security information.
3. Information and documents obtained by virtue of an agreement with other countries and is classified as protected.
4. Inquires, investigations, checks, inspections, and monitoring in respect of a crime, violation or threat.
5.Information that includes recommendations, suggestions, or consultations for issuing governmental legislation or decision that has not yet been issued.
6. Information of a commercial, industrial, financial, or economic nature that, if disclosed, may result in gaining profits or avoiding losses in an illegitimate manner.
7. Scientific or technical research or rights, including intellectual property rights that, if disclosed, may result in the infringement of a moral right.
8. Information related to tenders, bids, and auctions that, if disclosed, may give rise to a violation of fair competition.
9. Information that is confidential or personal under the law or requires certain legal actions to be accessed or obtained.
Key General Principles of Freedom of Information:
The right to know information related to the activities of public entities to enhance the system of integrity, transparency, and accountability.
Necessity and proportionality:
Any restrictions on requesting access to or obtaining protected information received, produced or dealt with by the Authority of People with Disability must be justified in a clear and explicit manner.
Disclosure of information should be the default:
Individuals have the right to access public (unprotected) information. The information applicant (requester) does not have to enjoy a certain status or interest to obtain such information, and he/she is not subject to any legal accountability related to this right.
All requests to access or obtain public information are dealt with on the bases of equality.
Individuals Right to Access Public Information and How to Obtain it:
1. The right to access and obtain any unprotected information by the Authority of People with Disability.
2. The right to know the reason for refusing access to or obtaining the required unprotected information.
3. The right to file a grievance against the denial to access and obtain the requested unprotected information within a period not exceeding fifteen (15) days.
How to Access or Obtain the Information
The following main steps show how to request access to or obtain public information:
1. Applications shall be created through ……. service, filled out, and submitted.
2. The Authority of People with Disability shall respond within thirty (30) days of receiving the request and take one of the following actions:
• Approval: If the request is approved, the applicant shall be advised of the approval and the applicable fees. The requested information shall be available to the applicant within ten (10) business days of receiving the payment.
• Rejection: If the request is rejected, the applicant shall be advised of the rejection, provided that the notice of the rejection includes the following information:
1. Whether the request has been rejected in whole or in part.
2. Reasons of denial.
3. The right to file a grievance against such a denial, including the manner in which the grievance can be made.
• Extension: If the Authority of People with Disability is unable to respond to the access request in due time, the applicant will be notified of the extension request within another period of maximum thirty (30) days, provided that the notice of the extension includes the following information:
1. Notice of extension and the new date on which the request is expected to be completed.
2.Reasons of delay.
3. The right to file a grievance against such an extension, including the manner in which the grievance can be made.
• Notice: If the requested information is available on the website of the Authority of People with Disability or is not within its competence, the applicant shall be notified, provided that the notice includes the following information:
1. The type of notice, for example, the required data is available on the website of the Authority of People with Disability or is not within its competence.
2. The right to file a grievance, including the manner in which the grievance can be made.