The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 came into force on 1 January 2005. The Act gives the right to anyone, anywhere in the world, to request copies of any recorded information from a public authority including South Yorkshire Police.
Individuals already have the right of access to information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998. The Freedom of Information Act extends this right to allow the public to request access to all other types of recorded information held.
PLEASE NOTE THAT, IN COMMON WITH ALL OTHER PUBLIC AUTHORITIES, SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE IS BOUND TO PUBLISH ALL REQUESTS AND RESPONSES ON THE FORCE 'DISCLOSURE LOG'.
FOR THIS REASON ANY REQUEST FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL INFORMATION OF WHICH THE REQUESTOR IS THE DATA SUBJECT WILL BE REFUSED UNDER SECTION 40 OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. IF YOU REQUIRE YOUR OWN PERSONAL INFORMATION, YOU ARE URGED TO EXCERCISE YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT ‘SUBJECT ACCESS’ PROCESS.
The FOI act places two distinct responsibilities on public authorities:
1. The duty to confirm or deny whether the requested information exists; and
2. The duty to communicate the requested information.
South Yorkshire Police will endeavour to comply with all requests for copies of recorded information made under the Freedom of Information Act, within the stipulated 20 working days, subject to exemptions applying under the Act.
Additionally, public authorities have an obligation under the FOIA to routinely publish information on a Publication Scheme (Section 19 FOIA). The purpose of the scheme is to ensure a significant amount of information is available, without the need for a specific request. Schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish more information pro-actively and to develop a greater culture of openness.
To view our previous FOI disclosures you can access them here.