Information about yourself or other people.
You have a general right to see all recorded information from a Scottish public authority. Only in certain circumstances can the authority refuse your request, for example, if:
If the authority decides to refuse your request, it must write to you and explain why it is refusing. If it thinks the information is exempt, it must explain why it thinks that this is the case. The authority must also tell you what to do if you do not agree.
Don't be put off asking if you think the information might be exempt – even if information is exempt, the authority may still let you have all or part of it.
Some categories of information are completely excluded from your rights of access – for example, documents prepared for court cases.
Other information may be exempt in some circumstances, for example if the authority can prove there would be real and significant damage to the authority or other people, if the information was made public. This may include:
In these circumstances, the public authority must also consider whether it would be in the "public interest" for the information to be released. If the benefit to the public is greater than the harm to the authority or other people affected, the authority must release the information. In deciding whether it is in the public interest to provide information the authority should not take into account:
If your request is for a combination of information that can be released and which is exempt, the authority should (where possible) remove the exempt information and give you the rest. If information is removed, the authority must explain why it has removed it.
If you want to know more about each of the exemptions and how they work, visit the "Briefings and guidance" section of the website. You will also find more information on "vexatious" requests here.
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