The Freedom of Information (FOI) Law, 2007, hereinafter referred to as “FOI Law” or “the Law” went into effect on 5th January, 2009. The Law gives the public the right of access to information held by all public authorities in the Cayman Islands.
As one of the public authorities covered by Law, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) will be responsible for ensuring that the public has access to information held in all forms. The right to access is not unlimited; there are exemptions and some of these relate to the disclosure of information that would, for example, prejudice national security, defense or international relations; information that would prejudice the investigation of crime; information that would endanger someone’s physical or mental health or safety; information that would facilitate the escape of a person from detention or jeopardize prison security or personal information that is being requested in relation to a third party (if the person to whom that information relates to does not agree to allow access). Some of these exemptions are subject to a public interest test, however, they will always be considered on the basis of each individual request, with the balance in favour of disclosure at all times.