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A person who requests information from a Scottish public authority which holds it is entitled to be given it by the authority

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Section 1(1)


Padlock IconYour rights - the basics
Everyone has a legal right to see information from Scottish public authorities.  You do need to give your name, but you don't need to say anything more about who you are or why you want the information.  And if the public authority refuses to give it to you, they must tell you why. 

It's also possible to challenge an authority's decision to keep information from you.  You can ask the authority to review its response - and  if you are still unhappy after that, you can appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

How to use this part of the site

Key IconThe choices in the left hand menu give detailed information on your rights, and how to use them.

If you would like to see how other people have used freedom of information (FOI), look at the video clips on this page or click on the link below.

On the right, you will find help if you are looking for information about yourself or other people.  You can also use the "response calculator" to check what date you should receive a response from a Scottish public authority, if you have asked it for information.


Still unsure?

Question Mark IconIf you can't find the answer to your question here, or are still unsure about any aspect of FOI, contact us and we would be happy to help.  Our enquiry line is open from 9am to 5pm, from Monday to Friday - 01334 464610.  Or you can email us on  



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