The Scottish Information Commissioner - It's Public Knowledge
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You have a right to know...

Padlock Icon We all have a legal right to see information from Scottish public authorities.  When asking for information you 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.

Stories of how people have used their right to information

Your Right to Know - a guide to FOI


Book IconIf you'd prefer, you can download and read "Your Right to Know" - our handy guide to freedom of information in Scotland.  This covers everything you need to know, from how to make a request, to who is covered, to what to do if you don't get the information you're looking for.


To download your copy of "Your Right to Know" click on one of the links below.


Your Right To Know - PDF version (2.6MB)

Your Right to Know - Word version (60kb)

Community language versions


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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