Frequently Asked Questions
This section provides the answer to some Freedom of Information - Frequently Asked Questions.
What is the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act?
To give the public greater access to information about the workings of government and public bodies.
What new rights does the Act create?
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives two related rights:
- The right to be told whether the information exists, and
- The right to receive the information (subject to exemptions).
What if I want some information that is not included in the Publication Scheme?
Humberside Police is under no legal obligation to provide any additional information outside the Publication Scheme until January 2005.
Do I have to pay for any of the information included in the Publication Scheme?
Information can be downloaded from the Website free of charge. You would, of course, have to meet your own costs for printing and for Internet access. If you do not have access to the Internet, single copies will be supplied by post. To allow us to provide hard copies without making a charge, we may contact you to clarify your request.
Does the Act only apply to records created from 1st January 2005?
No, the Act is fully retrospective.
Will I be able to obtain personal information about myself under the Act?
Requests for personal information will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act.
Who ensures that Humberside Police complies with the Act?
The Information Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that all public authorities comply with the Act.
The Commissioner's web-site contains useful information about your rights under the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act. It also provides guidance on how to make a request.