Freedom Of Information

Freedom of Information Act
 
This document will detail the Freedom of Information Act at Hagihon Company, a procedure based on the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1998.
 
The purpose of the law and its applicability:
 

1. According to the Freedom of Information Act - all citizens or residents of Israel, including corporate and legal entity registered legally in the State of Israel, has the right to obtain information held by public authorities in Israel, subject to the restrictions listed in the law.

2. The law applies to Hagihon Company, being a corporation controlled by the local authority.

3. The purpose of the law is to create information transparency and increase confidence in the public authority.
 
Types of fees under the Freedom of Information Act, all prices before VAT:
 

Subject

NIS

Application Fee

20.00

Handling fee

30.00

Production fee per photocopied page

0.20

Production fee per computerized CD

2.50

Basic amount for accepting liability to bear the production & handling fees

150.00

 

Who is obliged to pay fees? Distinction between personal information application and non-personal general information application.
 

Citizen requesting personal information / for himself:

·         Exempt from application fee.

·         Handling fee will be charged only from the sixth hour.

·         Production fees will be charged on each paper, diskette and the like.

Consumer requesting principle / general and the like information but non-personal;
 

·         Will be charged on application fee.

·         Handling fee will be charged for each handling hour, starting from the third hour.

·         Production fees will be charged for each paper, diskette and the like.

 

Charging limit:
 
If the cost of the work exceeds 217.24 NIS - work continuation is conditional upon approval from the applicant for the additional work. In certain cases, Hagihon Company is allowed to request the citizen for financial guarantees (and others) for the payment of the cost of work.
 
Hagihon will delay the delivery of the information to the citizen until full payment is made.
 
Emphasis will be given to citizen requesting information not about himself - information will not be given until the consumer will present supporting documents for payment of the fees.
 
Submitting an application:
 
1. The applicant is required to fill out an application form (found on the website or delivered to him by the Commissioner for Freedom of Information). 

2. It is required to check that the details and address of the applicant appear in the application.

3. The citizen should send a clear request / application.

3. The citizen should send a clear request / application.

4. It is required to verify that the applicant has signed, in the application form, on the obligation to pay the identification and handling fees.
 
Application examination:
 

The Commissioner should consider and examine the application. He will examine the following issues:

A. Whether the requested information cannot be provided or there is no obligation to hand it over (depending on the restrictions listed in Article 9 and Article 14 of the Law).

B. Is there a public interest in the disclosure of information for reasons of public health or safety, or environmental protection.

It should be clarified that there are situations in which the Hagihon will not respond positively to the application / request due to the need to allocate unreasonable resources for the response.
 
Response time:
 

1. It is required to reply within 30 days of receiving the application /request.

2. In special cases, there is an extension of 30 days (60 days in total).

3. In special cases, there is an extension of additional 30 days (90 days in total).

Once a decision was made regarding the answer (positive or negative + arguments) it will be sent within 15 days.