The Freedom of Information Law (2015 Revision, as amended and as revised from time to time) (the “FOI Law”) gives the public the right of access to all types of records held by public authorities, with some exceptions. As a public authority, OfReg (“the Office”) is fully committed to openness, transparency and serving the public interest in compliance with the FOI Law.
Members of the public can send their request to the Office’s FOI email address or submit a request on-line at the FOI Unit website. All requests must be in writing (letter or email) and must include the party’s name and an address (either postal or e-mail). Requests, where possible, should also include a contact details so that we can respond to you or be contacted if there is a need to clarify your request.
One exemption of particular relevance to the Office and its licensees is that covering commercially sensitive information. The Office handles commercially sensitive information in accordance with Section 107 of the Utility Regulation and Competition Law, 2016 (the “URC Law, 2016”) or the Information & Communications Technology Authority (Confidentiality) Regulations (“the Confidentiality Regulations”). Under Section 107(3) of the URC Law, 2016, the Office “shall grant a request to treat information as confidential if the Office concludes that the information is –
Any person submitting information to the Office may request that such information be designated "confidential" provided it is accompanied by:
If there is no claim of confidentiality, the Office may - and normally will - make the information publicly available by publishing it on the web site or providing copies to parties who request them.
The Office itself, or any third party, may challenge a claim of confidentiality. The originator is given the opportunity to further justify its claim, and then the Office makes a determination in accordance with the URC Law, 2016 or the Confidentiality Regulations (whichever is applicable). As before, information for which no such claim is made will be liable to disclosure and is subject to the FOI Law.
Each public authority covered by the FOI Law has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a publication scheme in accordance with section 5 of the law. The main purpose of a publication scheme is to make information readily available without the need for specific written requests. Publication schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish proactively, and develop a greater culture of openness. OfReg’s Publication Scheme is presently being reviewed, and will be published in accordance with section 5 of the Law.
The Law requires certain information to be published by public authorities including (Click on the links to jump to the relevant information on our web site):