Removal of order exempting the SSA from the Freedom of Information Act
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On December 13th 2017, the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (via Legal Notice 151) issued an order under Section 5 (1) (c) exempting the Strategic Services Agency from the application of the Freedom of Information Act Chap 22:02.
Today its the SSA tomorrow it may be another Ministry or State Enterprise. The public deserves right of access to information in the possession of public authorities limited only by exceptions and exemptions necessary for the protection of essential public interests and the private and business affairs of persons in respect of whom information is collected and held by public authorities
Disclosure Today therefore calls on the Government to put forth the reasons agreed to by the Cabinet in approving this exemption order and to also reconsider exempting the Strategic Services Agency from the Freedom of Information Act Chap 22:02.
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