While the Freedom of Information Act is a part of life, and there won’t be a ton of people telling you that the idea or the entire act is a terrible thing. However, many people believe that there should be some sort of limiting factor on the requests that people can make using the provisions of the freedom of information act. The problem is, that while many requests are for very useful information that could uncover major problems with the governmental system, many other requests are for absolutely silly things, like the number of toilet paper rolls used in a government building.The whole story can be found at http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120509/local/Freedom-of-Information-Act-by-September.419001
Of course, drawing a line between what is useful information and what is not is not the best solution to this problem, as it would be extremely easy for someone in government to draw that line somewhere that is convenient for them, to cover up some sort of information that they don’t want known by the public. At the end of the day, the only way to solve the problem is perhaps to try and keep people to make request, perhaps attach a charge to stop the illegitimate requests, or at least have them pay for their silliness.