7 Relationship with other Acts prohibiting disclosure of information
(1) Chapter 3 overrides the provisions of other Acts prohibiting the disclosure of personal information (however described).
1 The Parliament considers that personal information the disclosure of which is prohibited under a provision of an Act mentioned in the Right to Information Act, schedule 3, section 12 is information the disclosure of which would, on balance, be contrary to the public interest—see the Right to Information Act, section 44(2)(a), as applied under this Act, and schedule 3, section 12 of that Act.
2 This information is called exempt information and, under the Right to Information Act, section 47(3)(a), as applied under this Act, an agency or Minister may refuse access to a document to the extent the document comprises exempt information.
3 However, an agency or Minister may give access to a document even if this Act provides that access to the document may be refused—see section 64(4).
(2) Other than as provided for in subsection (1), this Act is intended to operate subject to the provisions of other Acts relating to—
(a) the collection, storage, handling, accessing, amendment, management, transfer, and use of personal information; and
(b) the disclosure, within the meaning of section 23, of personal information.