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IV. Governance issues

Open government

In 2005, Taiwan adopted its first freedom of information law. The Freedom of Government Information Law protects the people's right to know, understand, trust and oversee public affairs and establishes procedures for citizens to request access to government information. The law places the burden on the government to make public its treaties, correspondence with foreign countries, laws, administrative decisions, administrative reports, budgets, research papers, procurement contracts and meeting records. However, information classified as national secrets, intellectual property, and professional and trade secrets will not be publicly available. In addition, information that would compromise a criminal investigation, disrupt government work or invade personal privacy will not be accessible.1