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The Commissioner's office issues news releases and press statements on a range of issues including key decisions and new publications. For the latest releases, go to our Latest news page.



17 December 2019

Commissioner's speech to the 2019 Holyrood conference

11 December 2019

PDF icon Note to Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee

04 December 2019

Commissioner's response to FOI extension consultation

13 November 2019

Commissioner's letter to Permanent Secretary about FOI and private emails

11 November 2019

Commissioner welcomes new FOI rights in the social housing sector

17 October 2019

Annual Report 2018/19 - FOI in demand but authorities must improve

24 September 2019

Awareness of Scottish freedom of information law at all-time high

29 July 2019

Commissioner publishes Progress Report on Scottish Government FOI Intervention

8 May 2019

Commissioner publishes submission on the post-legislative scrutiny of FOISA


14 December 2018

Commissioner's speech to 2018 Holyrood FOI conference

13 November 2018

Commissioner agrees Scottish Government action plan

11 October 2018

Commissioner's response to Scottish Government's draft action plan

28 September 2018

Commissioner encourages people to use their FOI rights

4 September 2018

Research reveals gaps in public sector publishing duties

17 August 2018

Research study to explore access to environmental information in Scotland

28 June 2018

Young people's awareness of FOI rights is "significantly" lower

13 June 2018

Intervention 201702016 Scottish Government

8 February 2018

Commissioner's intervention on Scottish Government FOI performance


16 November 2017

Commissioner's letter to the Minister for Parliamentary Business

28 September 2017

New approach to FOI enforcement begins to bite

30 April 2017

Commissioner calls for radical rethink on freedom of information


21 December 2016

Launch of New FOI tool (voluntary sector appeals)

21 December 2016

Launch of New FOI tool (local media)

28 September 2016

Report highlights FOI improvements - and some concerns

4 July 2016

Public authorities receive mixed report on publication

30 March 2016

Commissioner's statement on the issuing of decisions


25 September 2015

Commissioner warns: use the right legislation

7 July 2015

Press statement: Seal killing information

17 February 2015

Correspondence with Police Scotland: stop and search data

19 January 2015

Parliament warned that action is needed to protect FOI

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11 December 2014


Public support for FOI reaches all-time high

30 September 2014

Slight drop in freedom of information appeals

07 August 2014

Failure to respond to requests threatens to undermine Scotland's FOI regime

19 March 2014

Commissioner publishes decision on Lanarkshire mental health services correspondence


13 October 2013

New strategic framework for FOI Learning and Development in Scotland

25 October 2013

Study finds awareness is high but confidence is dipping

15 October 2013

First national dataset reveals extent of FOI activity in Scotland

07 October 2013

Commissioner publishes second Stihler decision on legal advice

1 October 2013

Concern over rise in FOI failures

29 July 2013

Commissioner welcomes Supreme Court ruling on Council pay data

10 June 2013

Commissioner welcomes move to bring culture and leisure bodies under FOI

3 May 2013

Commissioner publishes findings of learning and development survey

29 April 2013

Enforcement of Decision 193/2012

26 April 2013

Commissioner's statement on release of Project Power and Project Solar Reports

1 April 2013

Commissioner updates guidance on dealing with vexatious requests

31 January 2013

Commissioner to urge Ministers to take their own course on FOI


29 November 2012 

Commissioner publishes information relating to Stihler decision 

 28 November 2012

Commissioner welcomes freedom of information proposals

 23 October 2012

Commissioner welcomes Government's decision to abandon appeal

18 September 2012

Call for better freedom of information as appeal numbers rise

14 September 2012

Commissioner requires the disclosure of information about funding proposals

11 July 2012

Press statement on Decision 111/2012 Ms Catherine Stihler MEP and the Scottish Ministers

6 July 2012

Research reveals that voluntary sector still has concerns about FOI use 

5 July 2012 

Commissioner recommends UHI improves FOI practice 

12 June 2012 

Commissioner issues first decisions: Valuable lessons to be learned

25 May 2012

Dundee seminar explores whether time is right for change to FOI laws

22 February 2012 

Commissioner criticises "catalogue of failings" at NHS Ayrshire and Arran 

10 January 2012 

"Safeguard information rights" says Commissioner in last report


16 December 2011

Commissioner calls for FOI rights to be strengthened as survey reveals strong public support

7 November 2011

New local datasets on public authority FOI appeals published

3 November 2011 

"Freedom of Information in Scotland in Practice" is launched

2 November 2011 

FOI more important than ever in tough times ahead

1 September 2011 

Request to Stirling University was not vexatious

8 July 2011

Festival-goers invited to embrace freedom of information in the age of new media

10 June 2011

Freedom of Information Roadshow Heads to Dumfries & Galloway

19 April 2011 

New one stop shop guidance on freedom of information launches today 

8 March 2011

FOI requests increase, but information is more likely to be disclosed


15 December 2010

Spending cuts likely to drive public to make more use of their FOI rights

7 December 2010 

Scottish Borders Council turns FOI compliance around

19 November 2010

Statement on Decision 190/2010 Thomas Smith and the Scottish Ministers

17 November 2010

FOI Roadshow Heads to Inverness

5 November 2010

5th Anniversary FOI Campaign wins two CIPR awards

7 September 2010

Commissioner unveils fresh approach to publishing information

30 July 2010

1000th FOI decision requires release of government meeting data

29 July 2010

Commissioner welcomes Government consultation

22 July 2010

Freedom of Information takes centre stage at festival

29 June 2010

Commissioner orders release of Shirley McKie case information

11 March 2010

Commissioner concerned over voluntary sector FOI use

8 March 2010

Commissioner challenges public authorities to "think FOI"

4 January 2010

5th Anniversary of FOI: don't keep people in the dark about their rights



8 December 2009

Commissioner welcomes Ministerial announcement

24 November 2009

Survey finds public confused over information rights

9 March 2009

Commissioner Call to push the boundaries of openness

9 March 2009

Launch of new freedom of information resources for the voluntary sector

8 February 2009

Lord Wallace calls for extension of the FOI Act

27 January 2009

Lord Wallace opens new Centre for Freedom of Information



17 December 2008

Awareness of Freedom of Information continues to grow

17 December 2008

Freedom of Information awareness remains lower within key groups

10 December 2008

Public favours extension of freedom of information rights

28 September 2008

Launch of research study marks Right to Know Day

3 September 2008

Commissioner orders release of Glasgow tender information

9 July 2008

Commissioner welcomes House of Lords opinion            

30 June 2008

Commissioner welcomes Minister's announcement

28 May 2008

Commissioner to tackle any persistent failings by Scottish public authorities

21 May 2008

Study to explore low use of freedom of information by voluntary groups

11 March 2008

People to be more aware of their rights to access information 

11 March 2008 

Commissioner wants older people to be more aware of their rights to access information 

11 March 2008 

Commissioner wants young people to be more aware of their rights to access information

10 March 2008

Annual Report 2007 published first comprehensive data on Freedom of Information appeals

7 March 2008

Commissioner welcomes release of Reliance contract

20 February 2008

Court of Session rules on Enterprise Act case

28 January 2008

Commissioner reappointed                                                      


19 November 2007

Public awareness of FOI is high - but some groups may be lagging behind, warns Commissioner

25 October 2007 

Commissioner calls for public right to information to be protected when public services are privatised

24 October 2007

Scottish Information Commissioner orders release of NHS Lothian PFI contract

1 October 2007

500th decision orders release of unsolved murder file

28 September 2007

Scotland rises to the challenge of freedom of information...but more can be done

5 July 2007

New Website Opens Doors to Freedom of Information

21 June 2007

Commissioner orders release of contract information

8 March 2007

Launch of Scottish Information Commissioner's Annual Report 2006-07

24 January 2007

Commissioner welcomes Court ruling in landmark freedom of information case

16 January 2007

Commissioner requires release of information from Wick Harbour death report


1 December 2006

Court of Session upholds Commissioner's Decision

20 November 2006

The Act is working - but has the culture changed?

27 September 2006

Freedom of Information a success in Scotland

25 September 2006

Commissioner requires disclosure of information on the detention of children at Dungavel

22 September 2006

Scots embrace freedom of information


8 December 2005

Scottish Information Commissioner rules that mortality rates for all surgeons in Scotland should be released

1 December 2005

Third survey shows increased public awareness of freedom of information

7 October 2005

Scottish Information Commissioner rules that Conservative Parliamentary leader's taxi destinations should be released

16 August 2005

Scottish Information Commissioner upholds appeal over the release of childhood leukaemia statistics

23 June 2005

Report on records about to institutional children's homes and schools

23 May 2005

Freedom of Information gets off to a flying start.

14 February 2005

Commissioner launches public Right to Know campaign.


22 December 2004

New year means new rights as freedom of information law comes into effect.

20 December 2004

Research reveals authorities need to do more for freedom of information.

24 November 2004

Scottish Prison Service can withhold Reliance contract details.

9 September 2004

Journalists expected to take advantage of new information rights.

27 August 2004

Commissioner to address St Andrews residents.

22 August 2004

Scottish Information Commissioner concludes first case under open government code.

2 June 2004

Central and local government open their files to the public.


17 November 2003

Authorities seek guidance on 2005 FOI compliance

29 October 2003

Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner opens in St Andrews.


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