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Scope of Bodies Covered

The scope of bodies covered by access to information (ATI) laws has been steadily increasing, with more recent laws applying to more bodies. The most progressive modern laws apply to government and administration at the national, regional or local level; all executive and administrative bodies (save for those expressly excepted, usually in a schedule to the law); all legislative and judicial bodies; state-owned (or otherwise controlled) companies, and private bodies that perform public functions or receive substantial government funding. The following sections discuss these categories, and demonstrate the trend towards greater inclusiveness, often offset to varying degrees by exceptions.