A public authority may refuse access to any official documents containing exempt information. Under the FOIA there are 11 exemptions, none of which are absolute. The Act defines such documents as exempt documents. (this will refer back to the earlier page)
A public authority may refuse access to such documents. Before deciding to refuse access, the authority must try to delete any information that makes the document exempt. Removing all exempt information would make the required document suitable for release and access may be approved. The applicant must agree to accept the document in its amended form before the authority makes the deletions.