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Padlock IconRole of the Commissioner

The Commissioner is responsible for enforcing and promoting the right to access information held by public authorities, created by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, both of which came into force on 1 January 2005. The Act and the Regulations give anyone, anywhere in the world, important rights to access the information held by more than 10,000 public authorities in Scotland. 

Strategic and Operational Plan

The Commissioner's Strategic Plan for 2012-2016 provides six strategic themes which drive the annual operational plans. This, and the Operational Plans are available to view on the Strategic and Operational plans page.


The Act and the Regulations give the Commissioner an extensive range of powers to enforce and promote the right to information.


The Commissioner's Enforcement Policy sets out how the Commissioner uses these powers, what will be enforced and the outcomes that enforcement aims to achieve. Our Interventions Procedures set out how we apply the Enforcement Policy on non-compliance with FOI legislation.

PDF iconIntervention Procedures (pdf - 264 kB)

Our Investigations Handbook sets out how we conduct investigations into appeals we receive.

PDF iconCommissioner's Investigations Handbook (pdf - 405 kb)

Formal notices

The Commissioner's formal notices are published on the following pages: 


You can read more about our good practice work and publication schemes in the For Public Authorities section of this website. This section also provides a Self-Assessment Toolkit for authorities to improve their own FOI practice. Our Learning and Development Strategy explains how we promote FOI skills and good practice.

There is information and a range of resources about our work to raise awareness of the right to ask for information in the Your Rights section.

The Commissioner's Annual Reports  contain detailed information about the range of work we do and statistics about appeals. You may also be interested in viewing the Commissioner's Decisions.

If you'd like to find out about making an appeal to the Commissioner, please visit Appealing to the Scottish Information Commissioner.






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