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About this guidance

Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) exempts information from disclosure where the requester can reasonably obtain the information without making a request for it.

It has a different focus from other exemptions. It is not about withholding the information from the public, but recognises that where information is already available to the requester, there is no need to provide an alternative right of access to it through the Act.

Download the guidance below:

PDF iconSection 25 exemption briefing

 Briefing last updated 09 December 2016.

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