Personal Information under RTI

Personal Information under RTI

Disclosure of Personal Information under the RTI Act

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Disclosure of Personal Information under the RTI Act

The Central Information Commission in one of its decisions has held that information about the complaints made against an Officer of the Govt. and any possible action the authorities might have taken on those complaints, qualifies as personal information within the meaning of provision of section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act, 2005.

The Central Information Commission while deciding the said case has cited the decision of Supreme Court of India in the matter of Girish R. Deshpande vs. CIC and others (SLP (C) No. 27734/2012) in which it was held as under:

“The performance of an employee/Officer in an organisation is primarily a matter between the employee and the employer and normally those aspects are governed by the service rules which fall under the expression  “personal information”, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or public interest.   On the other hand, the disclosure of which could cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of that individual.”   

The Supreme Court further held that such information could be disclosed only if it would serve a larger public interest.

[GOI MOPPG&P DOPT O.M. No. 11/2/2013-IR(Pt.) dt. 14-8-2013]


How to Cite

Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Disclosure of Personal Information under the RTI Act, Harmony eMagazine, Oct. 2013, XX (224), H-DOI:#

Author (Name & Affiliation)

Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Founder-Editor, Harmony & Formerly COA, CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad, India


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