if you are a Third Party
You are a third party if-
Commercial, business or financial information
about you, your company or your business is contained in
documents of an agency and an application for access to those
documents has been made to the agency by someone else.
to do if you are consulted as a third party by an agency
Before deciding whether to give access to
documents which contain personal, commercial, business or
financial information about a third party, the agency must
consult the third party and take the views of the third party
An agency does not have to consult a third
party if it decides to refuse access, but it may do so.
If you are a third party and you have been
consulted by an agency, you should tell the agency if you
consent to the disclosure of the documents to the applicant.
Normally, the agency will not disclose the identity of the
applicant to you.
If you do not consent, you must tell the
agency why and give your reasons. Discuss your objections with
the agency and fully explain your views.
If you do not respond to the agency when it
contacts you, the agency will proceed to make its decision
without the benefit of information from you.
rights as a third Party
If the agency decides to give access against
your wishes, you will be informed of this and of your rights of
The agency must not give access until the
time for you to exercise your rights of review has expired.
“appeal” against an agency’s decision
See separate brochure on 'Third parties and Their
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