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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:

As it's not always easy to know which law applies to information, we publish a quick guide on

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  • 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.

More help

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

If you want to access information from UK-wide public authorities which operate in Scotland, e.g. the BBC, or the Ministry of Defence, you should contact the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The ICO is also responsible for data protection legislation across the whole UK, including how to access your own personal information.

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, please contact us. We are pleased to provide advice about Scottish freedom of information laws by phone, letter or email.

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