03/03/2015 02:59 EST | Updated 05/03/2015 05:59 EDT

Highlights of Newfoundland and Labrador access to information review

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Key recommendations made by an independent review committee led by former premier Clyde Wells on Newfoundland and Labrador's Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The report cost $1.1 million and makes 90 recommendations:

— Scrap application fees and mandatory exemptions for ministerial briefing notes.

— Onus should shift to public officials to explain in court why records should be protected, rather than requesters forced to argue why they should be released.

— Allow disclosure of data sets.

— Cabinet material should be proactively released whenever possible.

— Requests should generally be handled in 20 business days unless commissioner approves an extension.