‘Own records are not third party information.’
Central Information Commission objected to Public Information Officer interpretation that asking for information about self through RTI is Personal information and is exempt under Section-8(1)(j) of RTI Act. The PIO had rejected the application on the grounds that information about own file is third party information under RTI Act and cannot be disclosed.
CIC directed that PIO needs to understand that section 8 (1) (J) applies only in those cases wherein the information is sought by a third party, in the present case the information seeker is seeking her own information and in such cases the exemption cannot be applied.
Own records are not third party
The applicant Probation period was extended without her knowledge and she requested to know why. However, Public Information Officer denied the information. CIC decided in her favour and directed that exemption under Section-8(1)(j) cannot be applied for claiming exemption when the information is sought by the employee himself/herself. The decision can be read here!