An Information Notice (IN) may be served where the Commissioner has received an appeal about a public authority’s handling of an information request under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or reasonably requires information from a public authority in order to enforce the requirements of the Act. In practice the Commissioner generally issues INs where recourse to a formal notice to obtain information is considered appropriate.

The IN will explain what information is required, the reasons why we require it and the timescale within which it must be provided. If a public authority fails to comply with an IN the Commissioner may commence Court proceedings under section 54 of the Act, which may be dealt with as contempt of Court.

In the interests of transparency the Commissioner proactively publishes INs served once the case to which it relates has been concluded.

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