The name of the requester or applicant

The person's name must be included in the body of the request

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) gives everyone the right to ask Scottish public authorities for the information they hold.

An information request must contain the name of the person making the request (sometimes known as the "true applicant" or "true requester").This means that requests cannot be made anonymously and pseudonyms (fake names) cannot be used.

It also means that, if someone is making a request on behalf of another person, the person on whose behalf it is being made must be identified in the request.

It's also important to note that the name - which could be a first name and surname, first initial and surname, or title and surname - must be included in the main text of the request. It's not enough, for example, for the name to be visible in an email address or even as the sender of an email.


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