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Padlock IconFOI Law in Scotland

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing and promoting freedom of information (FOI) law in Scotland:

The Scottish FOI Laws

The Commissioner can also receive applications about the view and discovery provisions of the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009. These regulations also come from a European Directive, and require Scottish public authorities to make spatial datasets (e.g. map data) available.


The UK Laws

Some of the UK Acts also apply in Scotland. The UK Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing this legislation.

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) - the UK equivalent of FOISA, this Act applies to UK-wide public authorities, some of which operate in Scotland e.g. the BBC, the Ministry of Defence.

If you need help accessing personal information or information from a UK public authority, you should contact The UK Information Commissioner - helpline 0303 123 1113 (9am to 5pm Monday to  Friday) or email casework@ico.gsi.gov.uk.


More help

There is lots of helpful advice about FOI law (and how it works in practice) in the Your Rights section.

We also publish extensive guidance on key concepts and exemptions in the Resources and guidance section.

If you still can't find what you're looking for here, please contact us. We are pleased to provide advice about Scottish freedom of information laws by phone, letter or email.

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