Tuesday, June 26, 2007

FOI Legislation in Taiwan

It seems that few people know FOI legislaiton in Taiwan, China. Taiwan adopted its FOI legislation on 28 December 2005, and it went into effect on the same day. Major problems of this legislation are as follows:
1. this legislation requires that applicants should provide their purposes of applying for information.
2. this legislation requires that applications should be charged according to their purposes, although charges for applications for the purposes of research and public interest should be deducted or waived.
3. this legislation does not require public bodies to produce any annual reports.
4. this legislation does not require an independent oversight body, such as Ombudsman or information commissioner to facilitate access.
Other requirements by this legislation almost meet with international standards.

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