How to request information

Rights to request information are set out in:

How you make a request will depend on the information you are seeking:


I want information about me

If you want to ask for information about yourself, you must make a subject access request under the Data Protection Act.

   How to make a subject access request


I want public information

If you want to ask for information held by public authorities, government departments or bodies then, depending on the body, the age of the information, or your residency status, you will need to make a request under either the Freedom of Information Act or the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Freedom of Information requests

Only persons (including companies) resident in the Isle of Man may make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Requests can only be made to a defined public authority for information created after 11 October 2011.

    How to make a Freedom of Information request

Code of Practice on Access to Government Information

Requests for information that was created before 11 October 2011 can be made under the Code of Practice.

Persons not resident on the Island can make requests under the Code of Practice for ANY information held by ANY government department or body.

  How to make a Code of Practice request