The Scottish Information Commissioner - It's Public Knowledge
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Person IconAccess to personal information

You have the right to ask for information held by a Scottish public authority and in most circumstances to be given that information.

Freedom of information law, however, works alongside other laws which are designed to protect some information from release. Information protected by the Data Protection Act cannot be released in response to a freedom of information request. There has to be a balance between public access to information and the privacy rights of individuals.

This is a complicated area in law and these pages are designed to give an overview of your rights to access personal information about yourself and other people.

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