One of the aims of the The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is to encourage public authorities to be clear and proactive about the information they make available.
The Act came into force on 1st January 2005. It establishes a general right of access to information held by public authorities (subject to certain exemptions).
BT is not classed as a public authority under the terms of the Act. However, because BT's pre-plc (i.e. pre-1984) records are subject to the Public Records Acts, it is BT’s policy to apply the provisions of the FoIA relating to public records as if it had been designated as a public authority for this purpose.
Our full archives publication scheme is available to download as a PDF file and contains information on using the archives and legislation, standards and guidance.