The Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (the "Act") provides the public in Part 1 with access to records", as that term is defined by the Act, and provides for limited exceptions to this right of access.
Subject to the exemptions contained in section 21 of the Act, the public may have a right of access to information about or belonging to your clients and their business. The information need only be in the "custody or under the control" of a public body. The reason why the public body has possession is not relevant. The other exemptions to disclosure are discretionary, and relate to the protection of the public body as opposed to the contracting party.
For more information, refer to the Papers section of this web site.