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A person who considers that any part of personal information relating to him is incorrect shall have the right to make a request in writing to the State agency in control of such information to correct, alter or delete that part of information. The State agency shall consider the request and notify its result to such person without delay.

In the case where the State agency fails to correct, alter or delete the information pursuant to the request. such person shall have the right to appeal to the Information Disclosure Tribunal within thirty days as from the da!e of the receipt of the notification of the order refusing to correct, alter or delete the same. The appeal shall be submitted through the Board and, in any case, the person who is the subject of the information shall have the right to require the State official to attach his request to the relevant part of the information.

Such persons as specified in the Ministerial Regulation shall have the right to take action under section 23, section 24 and this section on behalf of a minor, an incompetent person, a quasi-incompetent person or the deceased person who was the subject of the information.

Historical information

Section 26. A State agency shall deliver official information, which it does not wish to keep or which is kept beyond the period under paragraph two as from the date of completing such information, to the National Archives Division, Fine Arts Department or other State agencies as specified in the Royal Decree, in order that it is selected for public studies.

The period of delivery of the official information under paragraph one shall be classified as follows:

(1) in respect of official information under section 14, seventy-five years;
(2) in respect of official information under section 15, twenty years. The period under paragraph two may be extended in the following cases:
(1) where the State agency still needs to keep the official information for its own use; provided that, it shall be kept and made available for public studies as agreed upon with the National Archives Division, Fine Arts Department;
(2) where State agency is of the opinion that such official information should not yet be disclosed; provided that, an order extending the period shall be issued for each particular case and such order shall also specify the length of extension which shall not exceed five years each.

The inspection or review of the extension of time in excess of necessity shall be in accordance with the rules and procedure as prescribed in the Ministerial Regulation. The provisions of this section shall not apply to official information the destruction of which is required or allowed to be carried out by State agencies or Slate officials without need to keep it in accordance with the Rule prescribed by the Council of Ministers.

Official Information Board

Section 27. There shall be the Official Information Board consisting of Minister entrusted by the Prime Minister as Chairman, Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister, Permanent Secretary for Defence, Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Co-operatives, Permanent Secretary for Finance, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Permanent Secretary for Interior, Permanent Secretary for Commerce. Secretary-General of the Council of State, Secretary-General of the Civil Service Commission, Secretary-General of the National Security Council, Secretary-General of the House of the Representatives, Director of the National Intelligence Agency, Director of the Bureau of the Budget and nine other qualified persons appointed by the Council of Ministers from the public sector and the private sector as members.

The Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister shall appoint a Government official of the Office of the Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister to act as Secretary and two others as Assistant Secretaries.

Section 28. The Board shall have the powers and duties as follows:
(1) to supervise and give advice with regard to the performance of duties of State officials and State agencies for the implementation of this Act;
(2) to give advice to State officials or State agencies with regard to the implementation of this Act as requested;
(3) to give recommendations on the enactment of the Royal Decrees and the issuance of the Ministerial Regulations or the Rules of the Council of Ministers under this Act;
(4) to consider and give opinions on the complaints under section 13;
(5) to submit a report on the implementation of this Act to the Council of Ministers from time to time as appropriate but at least once a year;
(6) to perform other duties provided in this Act;
(7) to carry out other acts as entrusted by the Council of Ministers or the Prime Minister.

Section 29. A qualified member appointed under section 27 shall hold office for the term of three years as from the date of appointment. The outgoing qualified member may be re-appointed.

Section 30. In addition to the vacation of office at the expiration of the term. a qualified member appointed under section 27 vacates office upon:

(1) death;
(2) resignation;
(3) being removed by the Council of Ministers by reason of misconduct, improper or dishonest performance of his duties, or incapability;
(4) being a bankrupt;
(5) being an incompetent or quasi-incompetent person;
(6) having been imprisoned by a final judgment to a term of imprisonment, except for an offence committed through negligence or a petty offence.

Section 31. At a meeting of the Board, the presence of not less than one-half of the total number of the members is required to constitute a quorum.

The Chairman shall preside over the meeting. If the Chairman is not present at the meeting or is unable to perform his duties, the members present may elect one among themselves to preside over the meeting.

The decision of the meeting shall be by a majority of votes. Each member shall nave one vote. In the case of an equality of votes, the presiding member shall have an additional vote as a casting vote.

Section 32. The Board shall have the power to summon any person to give statements or to furnish an object, document or evidence for its consideration.

Section 33. In the case where a State agency denies that there is such information as requested, whether it is the case under section 11 or section 25, if the person so requesting does not believe that it is true and lodges a complaint v;ith the Board under section 13, the Board shall have the power to inspect the relevant official information and notify the complainant of the result of the inspection. The State agency or State official shall allow the Board or the person entrusted by the Board to inspect the information which is in its or his possession, whether or not it is the information permitted to be disclosed.

Section 34. The Board may appoint a sub-committee for considering any inatter or performing any act as entrusted by the Board, and the provisions of section 31 shall apply muta1is mutandis.

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