UK – The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) enables members of the public to ask questions of public bodies. A response is required by law within 20 working days.These are known as Freedom of Information Requests (FOIR).
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is responsible for the enforcement the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and also the Data Protection Act 1998
Freedom of Information requests can be sent by private email or via the UK public site “What Do They Know” where FOIRs asked can be viewed by anyone.
USA – The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government.
The FOIA applies only to federal agencies. It does not apply to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies. Each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records.