Public institutions hold variety of information about individuals and commercial entities. Both personal data (and information about private life) as well as commercial secrets, are protected under the FOI regimes. Questions about where and how do we draw the line or set the balance between the right to access information and protection of the interests of others? are more common than answers.
The discussion will focus on the cases and decisions illustrating implementation of the exemptions related to protection of personal data and commercial secrets in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Serbia and Latvia, in an attempt to find out and evaluate the common practices and assess the reasons for differences in the approach and interpretations of the institutions in the four countries.