What to know about your right to know

28 September 2017

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Today is International Right to Know Day , when the world celebrates our right of access to information.

Access to information is a vital right for everyone, including children and young people. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy all our other human rights. Accessing information is about being aware of the decisions that are being made in your community, in your country and across the world— and about making sure you have the necessary knowledge to form opinions about what you think of those decisions.

But access to information isn’t just about the importance of finding out about other people’s decisions. It’s about finding out what people and organisations already know about you.

We’ve put together some information about access to information that covers:

  • your right as a member of the public to access information,
  • your right to access your own personal information, and
  • your right to protect your own personal information.

In practice, all three of these areas can be extremely complicated, and we’ve not gone into some of the finer details around them. However, reading about them should still give you a good idea of how to access information yourself— whether it’s about you or the society you live in.