Tag: freedom of information

Complaints reveal chaos in bus sector

Complaints reveal chaos in bus sector

| 15/05/2018 | 105 Comments
(CNS): Documents released by the tourism ministry detailing hundreds of reported complaints made about bus and taxi drivers throughout 2017 paint a picture of chaos within the Cayman Islands Public Transport Unit. From drivers falling asleep at the wheel and crashing while carrying visitors to fight [...]

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Ombudsman urges ministry to say ‘sorry’

Ombudsman urges ministry to say ‘sorry’

| 01/05/2018 | 16 Comments
(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has urged the finance ministry to offer an apology to an applicant who made a freedom of information request over stamp duty abatement records after the office found that the request had been badly handled. In the end the applicant was able to secure the records sh [...]

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Ombudsman says FOI is ‘inalienable right’

Ombudsman says FOI is ‘inalienable right’

| 03/10/2017 | 7 Comments
(CNS): The new supra-ombudsman has said that the freedom of information is a vital part of government openness and transparency. Sandy Hermiston arrived in Cayman last month to take over the helm of the newly combined and challenging office of public service complains, police complaints, whistle-bl [...]

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Ritch ruling could threaten FOI, says info boss

Ritch ruling could threaten FOI, says info boss

| 11/04/2017 | 28 Comments
(CNS): Acting Information Commissioner Jan Liebaers has raised concerns that public authorities could hide behind the claim of legal privilege to block his office from controversial documents that become the subject of an appeal due to a recent legal decision. The governor’s use of the ‘nuc [...]

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ICO warns of ‘weaknesses’ with CIG websites

ICO warns of ‘weaknesses’ with CIG websites

| 30/11/2016 | 5 Comments
(CNS): The Information Commissioner’s Office has warned that “serious problems remain” across government as departments are still not updating or properly utilizing their websites to allow the public access to information. In its most recent review of 89 public authorities, the ICO found s [...]

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Holes remain in FOI tracking for public authorities

Holes remain in FOI tracking for public authorities

| 11/10/2016 | 5 Comments
(CNS): Ten public entities out of ninety (11%) are not using the central government tracking system for freedom of information requests because they cannot access it or because of insufficient training for their information managers, which means the government is still not able to keep track of all [...]

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Figures reveal speedier FOI requests

Figures reveal speedier FOI requests

| 03/10/2016 | 6 Comments
(CNS): The latest statistics from the Information Commissioner’s office have revealed a 42% drop in the number of freedom of information requests being made by members of the public. But the numbers published to mark this year’s Right to Know week have also revealed that government is getting mu [...]

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Ritch report still not public after FOI review

Ritch report still not public after FOI review

| 30/09/2016 | 34 Comments
(CNS): The government is still insisting that the report conducted by local attorney David Ritch into issues surrounding the immigration law is protected by attorney-client privilege and will not be released, despite the continued public interest. Ritch was asked by government more than a year ago t [...]

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ICO backs keeping lid on Health City doctors’ details

ICO backs keeping lid on Health City doctors’ details

| 16/06/2016 | 22 Comments
(CNS): The Information Commissioner’s Office has upheld a decision by the information manager at the Health Regulatory Services (HRS) not to disclose the detailed qualifications of medical professionals at Health City Cayman Islands (HCCI) because it is personal information which would not be [...]

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Government transparency gets worse

Government transparency gets worse

| 30/09/2015 | 13 Comments
(CNS): The average time it is taking for information managers to respond to freedom of information requests is not only getting longer but now falls outside the requirement of the law. On average it is taking 31 days for applicants to get a response regarding their applications, with more than 50% o [...]

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ICO to put procedure problems on fast track

ICO to put procedure problems on fast track

| 29/09/2015 | 0 Comments
(CNS): People making freedom of information requests are still frequently running into procedural difficulties with many public authorities, so the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching an initiative to fast track technical problems outside of the formal hearing process. As [...]

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