Freedom of information
It is the unprotected or confidential public information that the platform processes regardless of its source, form, or nature – open data falls under public information. The process of providing individuals with public data for a fee is called “freedom of information,” or as it is known, a “right to information policy.”
Freedom of Information Regulation
The Freedom of Information Interim Regulations sets the legal basis for the rights of Individuals to access public sector information and obligations of public entities for all requests coming from any individual to access or obtain public information – unprotected – produced or held by public entities, regardless of the source, form or nature. This includes paper records, emails, information stored on computers, audio or video cassettes, microfiche, maps, photographs, handwritten notes or any other form of recorded information. The Regulation also defines the roles and responsibilities of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) and its sub-entities, as well as the obligations of the National Data Management Office (NDMO), National Information Center (NIC).
Who can request the information?
Every individual has the right to submit a request and know information related to the platform’s activities and has the right to view public information – unprotected – in exchange for a financial fee. The applicant doesn’t need to have a certain quality or interest in this information to obtain it, nor will it not expose the person to any legal accountability related to this right, which strengthens the system of integrity, transparency, and accountability.