The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2014 affirm three legal rights established by its two predecessors (The FOI Act 1997 and the FOI (Amendment) Act 2003):
- everyone is entitled to access information held by public bodies
- everyone is entitled to have official information about them changed when it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
- everyone is entitled to find out the reasons why decisions were made that affect themselves
The Acts say that people have the right to gain access to official information to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.