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47% Of 136 PATI Requests Granted Last Year

47% Of 136 PATI Requests Granted Last Year

In 2017, public authorities reported receiving 136 new PATI requests and they granted access to all or parts of the records in 47% of those requests. This is according to the Information Commissioner’s Office Annual Report 2017 on the operation of the Public Access to Information [PATI], which has been tabled in both Houses of Parliament and is now... Read more of this article

Information Commissioner’s PATI 2016 Report

Information Commissioner’s PATI 2016 Report

The Information Commissioner’s Office Annual Report 2016 has been released, highlighting the operation of the Public Access to Information [PATI]. The statement released with the report said, “Information Commissioner Gitanjali S. Gutierrez’s Annual Report 2016 on the operation of the Public Access to Information [PATI] Act has been tabled... Read more of this article

ICO Annuls Immigration Board PATI Decision

ICO Annuls Immigration Board PATI Decision

Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez has annulled a decision by the Board of Immigration in reference to a PATI request, with the decision requiring them to issue a new initial decision to the Applicant’s PATI request. “Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez issued Decision 04/2018, which annulled a decision by the Board of Immigration... Read more of this article

PATI: ICO Annuls Health Department’s Decision

PATI: ICO Annuls Health Department’s Decision

On April 30th, Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez issued Decision 03/2018, which “annulled a decision by the Department of Health to administratively deny access to day care centres and child care providers records” under the PATI Act. “The Information Commissioner ordered the Department to process the request and issue... Read more of this article

Information Commissioner Issues Decision

Information Commissioner Issues Decision

The Information Commissioner has ruled on a matter involving  a decision by the Department of Human Resources to withhold the requester’s personnel records sought under the PATI Act. A statement from the ICO office said, “On 28 February 2018, Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez issued Decision 02/2018, which reversed a decision by... Read more of this article

ICO Ruling Impacts BTA’s Salary Disclosures

ICO Ruling Impacts BTA’s Salary Disclosures

[Updated] Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez has issued Decision 01/2018, which “reversed a decision by the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] to withhold the entire record” in response to a request made under the PATI Act for records related to employee compensation. “The Information Commissioner ordered disclosure of information... Read more of this article

Information Commissioner’s ‘Monthly Roundup’

Information Commissioner’s ‘Monthly Roundup’

The Information Commissioner’s Office has released the first edition of their “Monthly Roundup,” which they said is “intended to keep you up to date with the work of the Information Commissioner’s Office.” “We will share newly released Information Commissioner’s Decisions, informal resolution outcomes, new guidance... Read more of this article

ICIC Resolution On Transparency & Outsourcing

ICIC Resolution On Transparency & Outsourcing

Last month, the 10th International Conference of Information Commissioners [ICIC] in Manchester, UK, passed a resolution calling for the need for more robust transparency surrounding public services outsourced to private sector entities. The ICIC is a convening of Information Commissioners from around the world every two years to address a broad range... Read more of this article

One Hour Video: ICO ‘Right To Know’ Discussion

One Hour Video: ICO ‘Right To Know’ Discussion

The Information Commissioner’s Office [ICO] held the ICO’s Right to Know Day panel ‘Information in Action’ last night [Sept 28] as part of their campaign for International Right to Know Day. The panel was titled ‘Just Ask! Looking Back & Looking Ahead at our Right to Know.’ Panelists Qian Dickinson, Jonathan Starling and Samantha... Read more of this article

90 Minute Live Video Replay: PATI Debate

90 Minute Live Video Replay: PATI Debate

In honour of the two year anniversary of the Public Access to Information [PATI] Act, the Information Commissioner sponsored a Public Debate by the Bermuda National Debate Team, with the students debating whether individuals should be able to file PATI requests anonymously. The PATI Act went into effect on 1 April 2015, and grants Bermudians and residents... Read more of this article

PATI: Should Anonymous Requests Be Allowed?

PATI: Should Anonymous Requests Be Allowed?

The Information Commissioner will be honouring the two year anniversary of the Public Access to Information [PATI] Act by sponsoring a Public Debate by the Bermuda National Debate Team, with the students set to debate whether individuals should be able to file PATI requests anonymously. The PATI Act went into effect on 1 April 2015, and grants Bermudians... Read more of this article

Chamber To Host Workshop On PATI With ICO

Chamber To Host Workshop On PATI With ICO

In partnership with the Information Commissioner’s Office [ICO], the Chamber of Commerce will host a complimentary morning workshop on Thursday, 2 February to discuss the Public Access to Information [PATI] Act and its potential effects on business owners. The Chamber said, “The PATI Act creates a general right to access records held by public... Read more of this article

PATI: People Can Get Facts, Factors & Figures

PATI: People Can Get Facts, Factors & Figures

The PATI Act “gives each Bermudian and resident the chance to make public life better,” Information Commissioner for Bermuda Gitanjali Gutierrez said, adding that “through PATI requests, individuals can begin to get facts about the reasons for decisions, what factors decision makers look at [or don’t look at], the true figures behind... Read more of this article