Freedom of Information
The Cayman Islands Government committed to openness with the passage of the Freedom of Information Law, 2007. Individuals have the right to timely and complete access to government information, and they are not required to give a reason for asking for the information.
Ensuring the Law's implementation are the Freedom of Information (FOI) Unit within government, and an independent oversight body, the Office of the Ombudsman.
The Unit is government's FOI advisor, trainer, and promoter. It coordinates the implementation of the FOI Law and Regulations across the public service by formulating and disseminating policies, procedures, and guidelines. The Unit promotes best practice within public authorities, trains Information Managers, and assists in raising public awareness.
The Information Rights section in the Office of the Ombudsman monitors and reports on government's compliance with the FOI Law, and recommendations for reform to specific departments. Individuals denied access to information may appeal the matter to the Office of the Ombudsman, which has the authority to investigate, make all findings of fact and law, and issue a binding decision. The Office of the Ombudsman also promotes general awareness of the FOI Law, the public's rights and government's obligations under the Law.