The role of the Commissioner (what we do)

The Scottish Information Commissioner has statutory functions to promote and enforce freedom of information (FOI) law. One of the best ways to get a picture of our work is to view our Annual Reports. Below is an overview of some of the main areas of our work, with links to relevant content on this website.

Appeals and interventions

The Commissioner is the appeal body for FOI requests made to Scottish public authorities. Investigating appeals and issuing enforceable Decision Notices are a significant part of our work. We also monitor authorities' FOI practice and make interventions to remedy concerns.

Promoting the public right to information

The Commissioner promotes FOI rights to the public through advice and training. For plain language advice to help you request information from a Scottish public authority, see the Your Rights section.

Promoting good FOI practice to public authorities

The Commissioner encourages public authorities to develop good FOI practice. For guidance, support materials and training, see the Public Authorities section.

Advice and guidance on FOI law

We publish detailed briefings on key concepts in FOI law, exemptions and exceptions - see our Briefings and guidance.

Special Reports and consultation responses

The Commissioner publishes Special Reports to the Scottish Parliament and consultation responses on a range of issues.

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