Rights of access to information

Rights of access to information are clearly defined in the Law of Ukraine “On Access to the Public Information”, which was adopted in 2011. According to this Law, the public information is any information, which is available in national or local authorities, and which is not regarded as information with limited access. For obtaining of valuable public information you may apply to any public or local authorities, as well as to all the companies which have information about the state of the environment, the quality of food and other products, as well as disasters, natural hazards and other emergency situations that have occurred or may occur and threaten the health and safety of citizens.

Rights of access to information about a person are clearly described in the Law of Ukraine mentioned above. Thus, The Managing Partner of the Resultat Law Firm Maxim Polishkevych emphasizes –  according to article 10 of the Law of Ukraine “On Access to the Public Information” information managers are obliged to:

  1. provide unobstructed and free access to information on request of persons which it concerns, except as provided by law;
  2. use it only for the purposes in accordance with the law;
  3. take measures to prevent unauthorized access to it of other persons;
  4. correct the inaccurate and outdated information about the person on their own or at the request of the persons which it concerns.

The procedure of request completion for information remains a relevant issue for residents of Cherkasy as well as for all the citizens of Ukraine. Keep in mind, that the rights of access to information may be restricted only if:

  1. it may threaten national security, territorial integrity or public order. The access may be restricted to prevent a disorder or crime, to protect public health, reputation or rights of other people, to maintain the authority and impartiality of the justice system;
  2. the negative impact of disclosing such information prevails the public interest in access to it.

Your rights of access to information about a person is a disputable issue. On the one hand, if you need to find out information about any person, you have to prove that this information is of public importance, but on the other, if you are interested in information about yourself – it’s quite a different issue, because every person has the right of access to information about himself or herself if it is collected and retained.

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Dec, 16, 2015

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