Overview of Section 12 IP Act

Section summary

Section 12 of the IP Act defines 'personal information' for the purposes of the IP and the RTI Act.


The repealed FOI Act dealt with 'personal affairs' rather than 'personal information'. 'Personal information' has a significantly wider ambit than 'personal affairs'.

Other relevant RTI/IP Act sections

Section 40 IP Act
Under the IP Act an individual can access documents of an agency or Minister only to the extent they contain the individual's personal information.

Section 54 IP Act
Section 54 of the IP Act sets out the procedure to be followed when an applicant seeks information under the IP Act which 'on its face' should be sought under the RTI Act.

Last updated: March 12, 2012