Sections 47(3)(a) and 48 of the RTI Act provide that access may be refused to a document to the extent that it comprises ‘exempt information’. Schedule 3 sets out the types of information which the Parliament has considered to be ‘exempt information’ because their disclosure would, on balance, be contrary to public interest.
Information is exempt information if it is reasonable to expect that disclosing the information could prejudice the maintenance or enforcement of a lawful method or procedure for protecting public safety.
This section replicates section 42(1)(f) of the repealed FOI Act with no substantive changes.
Schedule 3, section 10(1) contains other exemptions for information relating to law enforcement or public safety.
Schedule 3, section 10(2) RTI Act: information of the specific types listed in schedule 3, section 10(2) will not be exempt under any of the exemptions contained in schedule 3, section 10(1).
Last updated: May 8, 2013