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The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (or "FOISA") came into force on 1 January 2005. Under FOISA, a person who requests information from a Scottish public authority which holds it is entitled to be given it by the authority subject to certain conditions and exemptions set out in the Act.

FOISA is enforced and promoted by the Scottish Information Commissioner.

We have published a short guide to your rights under FOISA, entitled Your Right To Know - A Guide to FOI in Scotland and you can find out more about your rights in the Your Rights section of the website. We also maintain a series of more detailed briefings on exemptions and key concepts which can be found at the briefings and guidance pages of the website.

Below is a list of all legislation relating to Freedom of Information in Scotland, with links to the full text on the legislation.gov.uk website. The list includes the original Act, regulations, amendments, and orders designating new authorities.


Commencement and modification orders


Fees and timescales regulations


Designation orders


Other amendment acts and orders


Codes of practice

Although not formal legislation, there are two codes of practice that Scottish Ministers are required to produce and maintain under FOISA and which all authorities are advised to follow:


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