Tag: freedom of information

CIG’s Euro trip adds up to $150K

CIG’s Euro trip adds up to $150K

| 05/12/2018 | 72 Comments
(CNS): The extended trip to Europe in September by the premier, financial services minister, the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI) and a number of other government officials cost the public purse more than $150,000, according to documents released by the various relevant government dep [...]

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Transport unit dodges FOI with poor records

Transport unit dodges FOI with poor records

| 04/12/2018 | 61 Comments
(CNS): The ombudsman has let the Public Transportation Unit (PTU) off the hook over a refused freedom of information request because of its poor record keeping. In Sandy Hermiston’s latest decision regarding an applicant’s appeal over a denied public records request, she has upheld the [...]

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FOI exemptions grow, data protection delayed

FOI exemptions grow, data protection delayed

| 30/11/2018 | 28 Comments
(CNS): Changes to the Freedom of Information Law passed in the Legislative Assembly earlier this month, without the support of the opposition, will see further areas of legal exemption added to government documents and allow ministers more input in decisions on whether or not to grant applications. [...]

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Minister refuses to reveal more of tech hub deal

Minister refuses to reveal more of tech hub deal

| 14/11/2018 | 29 Comments
(CNS): The minister of commerce has declined to reveal any more of the very heavily redacted deal he signed with TechCayman because, he said, it was a confidential agreement. After CNS received a largely blacked-out document in response to a freedom of information request, we requested an internal [...]

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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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