How to request information
Rights to request information are set out in:
- The Data Protection Act 2002
- The Freedom of Information Act 2015
- The Code of Practice on Access to Government Information (updated 2016)
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.
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 2015 (FOIA). Requests can only be made to bodies defined as public authorities in FOIA for information they hold which was created after 11 October 2011.
Freedom of Information requests can also be made for information held by the Information Commissioner.
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.