What Type of documents will be exempted from access?
Although the goal of ATI is ready access to government records, the Act clearly states specific areas of exemption as Parliament has recognized that some confidentiality is necessary for the government to function. ATI Exemptions;
There are nine legal categories that are exempted under the ATI Act, sections 14 -22 of the law. These are:
- Documents affecting security, defense or international relations
- Cabinet documents
- Documents relating to law enforcement
- Legal privilege
- Documents affecting national economy
- Documents revealing government's deliberative processes
- Documents relating to business affairs etc.
- Documents related to heritage sites etc.
- Documents affecting personal privacy
- If some portions of a record contains exempted information the Act requires that a Public Authority provide you with a "reasonably segregable" (easy to excerpt) portion of the record after the portions which are exempt have been deleted from it. This means a Public Authority cannot withhold an entire document just because some portions of the document are exempt.