Tag: Jan Liebaers

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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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 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 inform [...]

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Data Protection Law to start in 2019

Data Protection Law to start in 2019

| 02/08/2017 | 3 Comments
(CNS): The Cabinet has set January 2019 as the implementation date for the Data Protection Law which was passed in the Legislative Assembly earlier this year. Over the next 18 months, a newly formed working group will develop the necessary regulations to complete the legislation and allow the law to [...]

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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. Commiss [...]

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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, [...]

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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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Governor takes ‘nuclear option’ on Ritch Report

Governor takes ‘nuclear option’ on Ritch Report

| 04/04/2017 | 110 Comments
(CNS): In the most emphatic effort yet by the authorities to keep a lid securely on the controversial Ritch Report, which was commissioned by the premier, the governor has signed a certificate declaring that the Information Commissioner’s Office cannot see this secret report. Using what can only b [...]

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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 of [...]

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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 immigrat [...]

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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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