Re-using information we hold

When information can't be re-used

There are certain regulations that prevent re-use, where the:

  • content is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
  • documents falls outside of the Council's statutory functions.
  • document contains information in which intellectual property rights are owned by a third party. An example of this would be architectural drawings which have been commissioned by an architect who retains the copyright.
  • document does not exist.
  • document is held either by either Public Service Broadcasters (including the BBC), educational and research establishments or by cultural establishments such as libraries and museums.

In order to allow the Council to conduct its business in an appropriate manner it will sometimes be necessary to exempt information from release or re-use.

Key exemptions may include information that relates to:

  • Government meetings
  • Law enforcement and security procedures
  • Confidential and commercially sensitive information
  • Personal information (for e.g. third party information)

The Regulations do not effect your rights under the Data Protection Acts 1998.

The Regulations do not permit the release of information in a manner that is not allowed by law or involves legal advice.