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Freedom of Information

Exemptions

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 contains a number of exemptions which may be applied to information held by the university.
 
Information Compliance are required to consider whether the exemption is absolute or qualified.
 
An absolute exemption is where the university is not required to consider the public interest in disclosing the information, these include:
 
  • Information accessible to the applicant by other means;
  • Information that is personal and would breach the Data Protection Act 1998; 
  • Information provided In Confidence.
A qualified exemption is where the university is required to consider the public interest in disclosing the information. Examples of this type of exemption include:
 
  • Information intended for future publication;
  • Information that is pre-published research data;
  • Information that impacts the health and safety of an individual;
  • Information covered by Legal Professional Privilege (LLP); 
  • Information that impacts the commercial interests of any organisation.
Once a qualified exemption is engaged, the university is legally able to extend the statutory deadline. This is only if we require more time to consider the public interest arguments and is the only time when the 20 working day statutory deadline can be extended.
 
The university will write to you before the original response deadline to inform you of this.
 
King's College London is also able to refuse to process any request would cost more than £450 to process. If the university calculates that a request will exceed this limit, we will write to inform you and provide advice on how to proceed.
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