The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was fully implemented in January 2005 to promote a culture of openness and transparency in the administration of public affairs. The Act, which applies to a wide range of public bodies including DETI,
- gives members of the public a general right of access to recorded information held by public authorities (subject to certain exemptions)
- imposes obligations on public authorities as to how they should respond to written requests for information, and
- requires public authorities to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme.
It also established the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) with responsibility for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Act. Further information on the FOI Act can be found on the ICO's website