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What is FOI?

The Cayman Islands Freedom of Information Law 2007 ("FOI Law") is based on the principle that the government should rarely, and only in compelling circumstances, possess more information than citizens possess. Freedom of Information is critical to a well-functioning democracy. The FOI Law takes away the discretion of government to determine what information, if any, they choose to provide, when, and to whom. It replaces this discretion with a set of rules that apply when responding to a freedom of information request. The Law seeks to strike a balance between the public’s legitimate right to know and the need for government to keep some information confidential.

The FOI Law gives individuals the right to timely and complete access to government information. Individuals are not required to give any reasons for requesting the information. Government may refuse access only in eleven narrow circumstances, of which all but one, are reviewable by the Information Commissioner. The FOI Law and the Commissioner expects Public Authorities to be transparent and provide people with access to official information as a matter of course.

The Information Commissioner’s Office is an independent entity responsible for monitoring compliance with the FOI Law. Individuals denied access or who believe their request was mishandled may appeal the matter to the Commissioner, who has the authority to review the matter, make all findings of fact and law, and issue a binding decision. The Commissioner is also responsible for promoting general awareness of the FOI Law, the public’s rights and the obligations of government under the Law.

Our Vision

The Information Commissioner's Office promotes access rights to Government records and monitors the compliance of public authorities with the Freedom of Information Law, 2007. Successive Government's have demonstrated a commitment of Freedom of Information by passing appropriate legislation and enshrining it in the Cayman Islands Constitution.The ICO works to ensure that information is available and the public understands how to access it.

The Role of the Information Commissioner

In addition to specific powers and responsibilities provided for in the Freedom of Information Law, 2007, section 39 of the Law states that the Commissioner may:

  • Hear, investigate and rule on appeals filed under the Freedom of Information Law (2007)
  • Monitor and report on the compliance by public authorities with their obligations under the Law
  • Make recommendations for reform both of a general nature and directed at specifc public authorities
  • Refer to the appropriate authorities cases where it appears that a criminal offence has been committed
  • Publicise the requirements of the Law and the right of individuals under it.

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About Us

Jan Liebaers
Acting Information Commissioner

Mr. Liebaers joined the Information Commissioner’s Office in the Cayman Islands as Deputy Information Commissioner in June 2010. He brings with him extensive knowledge of Freedom of Information legislation, having sat as a member of the FOI Working Group, the drafting committee of the Cayman Islands FOI Bill from 2005 to 2007, as well as the FOI Steering and Implementation Planning Committees which assisted in the development and planning of FOI in the Cayman Islands.  Mr. Liebaers currently sits on the Data Protection Working Group which is preparing data protection legislation for the Government of the Cayman Islands.

Prior to this, Mr. Liebaers held several positions relating to FOI, archives and records management in Europe, Canada and the Cayman Islands.  From 1997 to 2007 Mr. Liebaers was Head of Archives and Records Management and Deputy Director in the Cayman Islands National Archive, where he created the Records Policy Unit and spearheaded the development and implementation of new public records legislation, the National Archive and Public Records Law, 2007.

Mr. Liebaers holds a Master of Arts degree (MA) in history from York University, and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in Information rights from Northumbria University, specializing in FOI and Data Protection. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of Certified Archivists, the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, and the Canadian Association of Professional Access and Privacy Administrators.

Mr. Liebaers was appointed the Acting Information Commissioner on 1 January 2014.

 

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Cory Martinson
Acting Deputy Information Commissioner
and Senior Appeals and Policy Analyst

Cory re-joined the Information Commissioner’s Office in October 2013 as the Senior Appeals and Policy Analyst after previously working here from September 2009 to 2010.

Cory came to this office from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia where he worked for 7 years. At the OIPC his primary responsibilities included conducting mediations and investigations involving the provincial government as well as private businesses. He has previously worked for Citizenship and Immigration Canada as an Immigration Officer and as a Conservation Officer for the Ministry of Environment. He was also a commissioned officer with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve for 6 years.

Cory has a diploma in Resource Management Officer Technology from Vancouver Island University and a Bachelor’s degree in history from Thompson Rivers University. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Cory was appointed the Acting Deputy Information Commissioner effective 1 January 2014.

 

 Cory Martinson 2013.01.06

Clara Smith
Appeals and Compliance Analyst

Clara joined the ICO team in February 2012. As Appeals and Compliance Analyst Clara is responsible for mediating and investigating appeals filed with the Information Commissioner, and assists the Deputy Commissioner in preparing final reports for formal hearings before the Information Commissioner. The Appeals & Compliance Analyst also obtains and analyses statistical data from public authorities and monitors compliance with the FOI Law.

Clara has a decade of experience in the public service career, working most recently as the Appeals Officer for the Civil Service Appeals Commission. Prior to this she worked as the Policy Coordinator for the National Youth Commission for three years. She started her post university public service career with the Health Services Authority in 2003.

Clara holds a Bachelors of Science from Florida International University, a Postgraduate Diploma from Brunel University and a Graduate Certificate from University of Florida. 

Nadira Lord
Registrar of Hearings

Nadira joined the ICO team in March 2012 as Operations Administrator/Registrar of Hearings and is accountable for the delivery of confidential operational and administrative support to the Information Commissioner and the ICO team including outreach initiatives and reporting. She is also responsible for overseeing and coordinating the hearing process and ensuring that procedures during a hearing are in line with administrative fairness and natural justice.

Prior to joining the ICO team, Nadira worked for the Cayman Islands Government Office in the United Kingdom for three years and before that she worked in HR consulting in Toronto and London. Nadira holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Information and Administration Management from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Shelly-Ann Davis
Office Manager and Information Manager

Shelly-Ann joined the ICO team in September 2013.

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