Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Role of Information Commissioner

Functions of an Information Commissioner generally include receiving complaints, monitoring compliance, producing annual reports on FOI legislation, recommending improvements in FOI law and practice, conducting investigations, training public officials, and issuing guidance on how to use FOI law. [1] An Information commissioner is required in FOI law of Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Mexico and Switzerland. [2]

[1] David Banisar, Effective Open Government: Improving Public Access to Government Information (2005) OECD<>at 11 November 2006.

[2] Other countries include Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Hungary, Iceland, Serbia and Slovenia.

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