Implementation : Interpreting Exemptions

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Implementation : Interpreting Exemptions

Although the principle of maximum disclosure underpins all RTI laws, it is recognised that the right to information is not absolute. Not all information can be disclosed to the public particularly if it relates to sensitive information falling under exemption provisions" or "exclusion clauses" under the law. In jurisdictions across the world guidelines have been produced to assist officials to apply the various exemptions available under their law. These guidance notes cover topics such as:

Public Interest Override



National security

International relations

Economic Interests

Law Enforcement & Investigations

Cabinet & Other Internal Government Papers

Confidential Business Information

Courts or Tribunals


Parliamentary Privilege