We have prepared guidance notes which show how we interpret and apply the Freedom of Information Act.
We hope that they help you to understand our approach when we review decisions by public bodies.
NOTE: On 25 September 2020 the Supreme Court delivered its judgments in the cases of The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources v The Information Commissioner and University College Cork v The Information Commissioner. These judgments have implications for the Commissioner’s reviews of decisions by FOI bodies and are being carefully considered by the Commissioner. The guidance provided here is subject to the implications of these judgments and users of this guidance should bear this in mind.