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Information about yourself or other people.

access to personal information

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You have legal rights to get information from Scottish public authorities. 


The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 give you the right to ask for and be given information from a wide range of public organisations in Scotland.  


You can use your rights to ask for all sorts of information, for example:

  • Why decisions affecting local services have been made, such as a decision to cut back some services at your local hospital, or to combine local primary schools.
  • How public authorities decide which roads to repair, or who should receive funding.

Or you may want to find out about:

  • The contract under which a private company is providing a service for a Scottish public authority, such as a care home service, or details of any agreed standards that the service must meet.
  • Studies carried out before decisions are taken, for instance on the safety of vaccines or medicines.

Find out how to use your rights using the links on the left.  


You can also watch a short animated guide to your FOI rights, or find out how other people have used their right to information.




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Your Right to Know - a guide to FOI


You can also download a copy of our guide to your rights below. Or, if you'd prefer, you can contact us on 01334 464610 or email to ask for a printed copy.



PDF icon Your Right To Know - A Guide to FOI in Scotland (PDF - 2.7MB)


Word Document Your Right to Know - Guide to FOI in Scotland (Word - 60kb)


Community language versions




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Any questions?

If you can't find the answer to your question here, or have any questions about using your FOI rights, get in touch and we'd be happy to help.  Our enquiry line is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Contact us on 01334 464610 or email



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