The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (or "FOISA") came into force on 1 January 2005. Under FOISA, a person who requests information from a Scottish public authority which holds it is entitled to be given it by the authority. This right is subject to certain conditions and exemptions, which are set out in the Act. FOISA is enforced and promoted by the Scottish Information Commissioner.
The Commissioner has published a short guide to your rights under FOISA, entitled Your Right To Know - A Guide to FOI in Scotland and you can find out more about your rights in the Your Rights section of the website. The Commissioner has also published a series of more detailed briefings on exemptions and key concepts which can be found at the briefings and guidance pages of the website.
A full text of all legislation, including amendments to date, is available on The National Archives' legislation.gov.uk website - direct links below:
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