Tag: Information Commissioner’s Office

Info bosses take longer to respond as requests increase

Info bosses take longer to respond as requests increase

| 27/09/2017 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The latest statistics from the Information Commissioner’s Office on the use of the Freedom of Information Law shows the number of requests made in 2016/17 increased by 21% on the previous year, which had seen a dramatic decline. But as the number of requests grew, the average time it took for information managers to […]

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ICO takes immigration to task over FOI response

ICO takes immigration to task over FOI response

| 22/09/2017 | 14 Comments

(CNS): In his latest decision concerning an FOI dispute, Acting Information Commissioner Jan Liebaers agreed with the Department of Immigration (DoI) about an exemption to release information concerning a fine imposed on an employer, but he took the department to task about how the freedom of information request had been handled.

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Canadian secures job as supra-ombudsman

| 23/08/2017 | 132 Comments

(CNS): Sandy Hermiston, the General Counsel for the Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner in Alberta, Canada, will be the Cayman Islands’ first-ever supra-ombudsman created under the Ombudsman Law, 2017. The Canadian lawyer beat out four other people who were shortlisted for the job, one of which, officials have confirmed, was a  Caymanian. Hermiston will start in three […]

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JOCC leads ethics, Miller stays at PAC, Rivers takes on OCC/ICO

JOCC leads ethics, Miller stays at PAC, Rivers takes on OCC/ICO

| 31/05/2017 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Following the pomp and ceremony of Wednesday morning’s proceedings in the Legislative Assembly, in the afternoon members got down to their first task to elect the chairs and members of the various parliamentary committees. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly will lead the Register of Interests Committee, which deals with the financial ethics, interests and potential conflicts of […]

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Prison forced to give officer workplace report

Prison forced to give officer workplace report

| 16/05/2017 | 6 Comments

(CNS): In what was described as an unusual case by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the prison service has been ordered to release a redacted version of an internal report to a prison officer working at the women’s jail as it concerned a complaint against her made by an inmate. Commissioner Jan Liebaers raised concerns about how […]

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CIG begins search for ombudsman

CIG begins search for ombudsman

| 11/04/2017 | 28 Comments

(CNS): The government has begun its search for a multi-talented ombudsman that has experience in police and other public sector complaints, dealing with whistleblowing protection, as well as freedom of information and data protection. Whoever gets the top civil service job could earn more than $130,000 per year plus benefits. The deadline for applications is […]

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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 ‘nuclear option’ to prevent him from seeing the Ritch Report last […]

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Ombudsman laws steered through LA

Ombudsman laws steered through LA

| 03/04/2017 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The controversial decision by the government to merge the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Office of the Complaints Commissioner, with the additional responsibility of police complaints, was solidified in the final sitting of the Legislative Assembly with the passage of two key bills and several supporting amendment bills. The Police Complaints by the Public […]

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Info boss presses on with fight to see Ritch Report

Info boss presses on with fight to see Ritch Report

| 03/04/2017 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Jan Liebaers, the acting information commissioner, has confirmed that he is not giving up on the fight to see the controversial Ritch Report, a review of the government’s immigration laws and policies, which the authorities are fighting hard to keep secret. Liebaers has told CNS that his office has filed an appeal of a […]

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CJ denies ICO access to Ritch report

CJ denies ICO access to Ritch report

| 30/01/2017 | 48 Comments

(CNS): The chief justice has ruled that the premier does not have to show the controversial Ritch report on the immigration law to the information commissioner because of legal privilege. In a 44-page decision, the country’s top judge accepted the public interest in and the problems with immigration legislation but nevertheless found that the premier could […]

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Ombudsman to focus on cop complaints

Ombudsman to focus on cop complaints

| 21/12/2016 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Two pieces of legislation published on the government gazette this month will pave the way for the creation of an Ombudsman’s office that will take over the functions of the existing Office of the Complaints Commissioner and Information Commissioner’s Office. But the primary role of the new turbo-civil servant, which will be held for […]

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