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  • 30 September 2015

    Cayman Commissioner Criticizes Government

    Acting Information Commissioner Jan Liebaers in the Cayman Islands has blamed the government for keeping his office from functioning optimally. “I have the powers of the Commissioner, but I do not have the actual five-year appointment which is required by law to maintain the independence of the office,” he said in an interview with The […]

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  • 7 May 2015

    Cayman Islands FOI Law Rated 13th in the World

    The Cayman Islands freedom of information law ranks 13th in the world, according to an evaluation conducted by the Centre for Law and Democracy and AccessInfo Europe. The Cayman Islands law scored 88 points on a 150 point system used to rank 102 countries’ laws. It was the first time the Cayman Islands law was […]

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News Archive

  • 26 February 2015

    Jamaican Activist Urges Donor Push on Transparency

    Foreign aid should be more directly tied to governments’ efforts to improve their transparency and donors should place more emphasis on greater grassroots involvement, according to Aylair Livingstone, a Jamaican transparency activist who presented an overview of access in the Caribbean at a World Bank webinar. Livingston summarized the freedom of information situation in the […]

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  • 14 June 2013

    Cayman Islands Freedom of Information Review Was Private

    By Brent Fuller The following article published June 13 is reprinted with permission from the Cayman Compass. A related report in describes legislative action on proposed FOI amendments. A Caymanian Compass news story from December 2010 that caused considerable uproar among lawmakers and which led to calls for the newspaper to face criminal prosecution was apparently […]

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  • 14 June 2013

    Cayman Committee Backs Anonymity, Free Requests

    A Cayman Islands legislative subcommittee has recommended continuing to allow anonymous requests and free processing, according to an article by Brent Fuller in the Cayman Compass. These and other recommendations have subsequently been approved by a committee of the entire Legislative Assembly in preparation for a vote by the full body. The government’s Freedom of Information […]

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  • 10 May 2013

    Budget Cutbacks Affecting Cayman Island Commissioner

    The Cayman Islands information commissioner has reported that “severe” budgets cuts are preventing checks on whether public officials are complying with the freedom of information law, according to an article by Brent Fuller in The Compass. The cuts have been “seriously felt” this year by the five- person information commissioner’s office which now lacks a […]

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  • 25 March 2013

    Caribbean FOI Network Formed at Jamaica Meeting

    A Caribbean network on freedom of information was created at a conference held recently in Kingston, Jamaica. Governments, civil society, and media announced plans to launch the Caribbean network  “to support processes to improve standards for access to information in the region,” according to a statement. Representatives from 11 Caribbean countries attended a two-day “Regional Conference on Freedom of […]

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  • 20 September 2012

    Cayman Commissioner Reports Agency Resistance

    Cayman Islands Information Commissioner Jennifer Dilbert has criticized an unnamed government agency for failing to identify records responsive to a request, according to a recent quarterly report.   The report said the commissioner will not hesitate to enforce penalties in the law.   Also noted in the report is that a Legislative Assembly subcommittee’s review […]

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  • 22 April 2011

    Cayman Commissioner Makes Suggestions for FOI Law

    The Cayman Island information commissioner has made recommendations to revise the 2007 freedom of information law for a Legislative Assembly subcommittee tasked with conducting a review. The most recent submission by commissioner Jennifer Dilbert concerns fees and requests submitted using a pseudonym, according to press release from her office. Last September, she made recommendations on […]

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  • 24 December 2010

    Cayman Islands AG Declines to Charge Reporter

    The Attorney General of the Cayman Islands has decided not prosecute a reporter who wrote an article saying that a legislative committee planned to discuss the freedom of information law in private. AG Samuel Bulgin Bulgin issued a statement  Dec. 20 saying he would not be moving ahead with a prosecution against The Caymanian Compass […]

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  • 17 December 2010

    Closed Meeting on FOI Sparks Caymanian Controversy

    Cayman Island legislators have retaliated against a newspaper that drew attention to plans for a closed door meeting on freedom of Information and wrote an editorial cautioning against weakening the law. The Caymanian Compass and publisher Brian Uzzell is refusing to apologise for the article by reporter Brent Fuller, or the editorial published Dec. 8. […]

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Information Commissioner



Application to companies, by Robert McMillan



Measuring Openness

Global Right to Information Rating
A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

Freedom House
The Freedom in the World report.

World Bank
Worldwide Governance Indicators

Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

Reporters Without Borders
The Press Freedom Index.