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Information about yourself or other people.

access to personal information

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Your rights to request information apply to organisations that are covered by the FOI Act. Those organisations must respond to requests for information.  


The FOI Act covers a wide range of organisations, right across Scotland.  These include local councils, the NHS, the police, the Scottish Government, universities, colleges, most schools, and many other bodies.  


There are three ways in which an organisation may be covered by the FOI Act. Follow the links below to find out more: 

All organisations subject to the FOI Act are also subject to the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004. This means that they must respond to requests for any type of information. When you make a request, you do not have to say under which law you are asking for it. The authority will respond under the correct law.


If your request is for environmental information, you also have the right to ask for information from other organisations, as well as those listed above.  Our guidance on requests for environmental information has more information




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