Access to Information

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Access to Information on basis of Application on Access to Information (hereinafter referred to as “Application”) under the Act no. 211/2000 Coll. on Free Access to Information and on Amendments to Certain Acts (Freedom of Information Act).

 

Conditions for providing information: What must the Application contain?

The Application shall be precise. It shall contain following information:

  • to whom it is addressed (authority concerned)
  • name and surname of applicant
  • applicant´s address or registered office
  • to which information it refers
  • way of providing the information.

 

If Application does not meet abovementioned requirements, the Office for Personal Data Protection of the Slovak Republic (hereinafter referred to as “Office”) shall notify the applicant without any delay to complete the Application in a period of not less than seven days. If the applicant fails to complete the application despite the Office’s notice and information cannot be provided due to such deficiency, the Office shall set the Application aside.

 

Processing of Application

The Office shall comply with the Application without undue delay, but no later than 8 working days from day of lodging the Application or day of removing deficiencies of the Application. The Office may extend the period for serious reasons by maximum of 8 working days. The Office shall notify the applicant of the extension of the period without delay, no later than before the termination of the period.

 

Lodging of Application:

a) in writing:

Úrad na ochranu osobných údajov Slovenskej republiky

Hraničná 12, 820 07 Bratislava

b) personally at the Filling Office:

weekdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

d) by e-mail: info@pdp.gov.sk

e) on-line:

https://dataprotection.gov.sk/uoou/sk/content/poskytovanie-informacii

 

Handling of Application

If the Office does not dispose with the requested information and knows where it is possible to obtain it, it shall pass the Application on within five days to the competent authority that disposes with the requested information, otherwise it shall reject it by a decision. The Applicant shall be notified of the passing on of the Application by the Office without delay.

If the subject matter of the Application has already been published, the competent authority may instead of providing the information, forthwith, but no later than within five days, inform the applicant on how to find and obtain such published information.

If the Office fails to comply only partially, it shall issue a written decision. Office will not issue a decision if the Application has been set aside.

If the competent authority has not provided information or issued a decision within the time limit for processing the Application, nor has it provided the information, it shall be deemed to have issued a decision refusing to provide the information.

 

Appeal against the decision not to disclose information.

Parties to the proceeding may file an appeal against the Office’s decision not to disclose information within 15 days from the delivery of such decision or in time of expiry of the time limit for the decision on the Application. The appeal shall be filed with the competent authority that issued or should have issued the decision. President of the Office shall issue the decision within 15 days from the delivery of the appeal by the Office.

 

Under section 3 par. 4 of the  Act on the State Language of the Slovak Republic

“In official communication with the authorities and legal persons referred to in paragraph 1, a natural person or legal person shall use the state language, unless this Act, separate regulation or an international treaty promulgated in a way set down by law provides otherwise. Any person whose mother tongue is a language that meets the criterion of basic comprehensibility in relation to the state language can use their mother tongue in official communication with the authorities and legal persons referred to in paragraph 1. The authorities and legal persons referred to in subsection 1 shall be obliged to accept any document executed in a language that meets the criterion of basic comprehensibility in relation to the state language, insofar as such document has been issued or super-legalizated by the competent authorities of the Czech Republic.”

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