The Scottish Information Commissioner - It's Public Knowledge
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There are several laws dealing with access to information, which apply in Scotland.  The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing and promoting three of these.

The Scottish Laws

These laws only apply in Scotland. There is equivalent legislation which covers the rest of the UK, which is promoted and enforced by The UK Information Commissioner.

The UK Laws

Some of the UK Acts also apply in Scotland:

  • 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.
  • The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) - this Act, which governs access to personal information (i.e. information about yourself and others), applies to the whole of the UK - including Scotland.

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

If you 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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