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The Right of Access to public documents

The Freedom of the Press Act is part of the Swedish Constitution and it entitles you to a high degree of insight into all public-sector operations.

The principle of public access means that the general public and the mass media, newspapers, radio and television are to be guaranteed an unimpeded view of activities pursued by the government and local authorities.

Public documents

A document can be described as something that contains information of some kind - for example a letter, the minutes of a meeting, an e-mail, or a video or tape recording. The City is required to register, store and file its public documents, and the City senior registry clerk is responsible for recording documents in the official register, which is in itself normally considered to be a public document. Documents can be public or non-public. Non-public documents include the internal working notes prepared by a City official. Official documents may be classified as public or as confidential. By law, a document is public if it has been received by the City, is held by the City or has been drawn up by the City.

All public documents that are not subject to confidentiality are available to the general public, and everyone is entitled to read them. Documents may be borrowed and read on the premises and then returned. It is also possible to obtain copies.

The Personal Data Act (PuL)

The Personal Data Act (PuL) is designed to protect individuals against infringement of their personal integrity in connection with the processing of personal information. All committees are responsible for ensuring that personal data are treated in an appropriate manner.

Publicerad 3/17/2015 1:45 PM

Senast ändrad 7/19/2016 10:25 AM