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Freedom of information

The Welsh Government complies with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The act gives you the right to access information held by the Welsh Government.

What impact does the FOI Act have on the way we handle personal data?

Personal data we hold might get published as part of a Freedom of Information request, though we do not think this would happen very often. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 allow the public to ask to see information held by many public bodies, including the Welsh Government. This includes information which has not been published. However, the law also allows us to withhold information in some circumstances. If anyone asks to see information we hold we will have to decide whether to release it or not. Any commitments we have given on protecting personal data, including where someone has asked for their name and address not to be published as part of a consultation response, is important information we would take into account. However, there might sometimes be important reasons why we would have to reveal someone’s personal data, even if they have asked for it not to be published. We would get in touch with the person and ask their views before we finally decided to reveal the information.