Complaint sent following COGAT response to Freedom of Information request on processing applications under the “settlement procedure”
More than four months after the FOIA request was sent, and after all the extensions permitted in the Freedom of Information Act were exhausted using various pretexts, COGAT’s response (Hebrew) was finally received. But the information it contained proved to be incomplete, thin and full of internal contradictions. Moreover, while the request sought information on applications filed under the settlement procedure only, COGAT’s response contained statistics about all applications for address changes. The irrelevant figures failed to answer the questions asked in the request, and in fact, withheld the requested information by embedding it in a table of general statistics.
In light of this, on April 22, 2013, as a follow-up to the request, Gisha sent a complaint listing all the problems with COGAT’s response and requesting that partial information be supplemented and vague information be clarified. The complaint also included a repeat request for the principal information that was sought in the original request and was not provided, namely statistics on the settlement procedure. The letter noted that if a satisfactory answer was not provided by May 6, 2013, legal action would be contemplated.