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Freedom Of Information Scotland


This module discusses what ‘freedom of information’ is and why it is so important, and details how to make a freedom of information request. It also examines freedom of information legislation and illustrates how it can impact a public authority. Finally, the module explores how to respond to requests for information under the Freedom Of Information Act and examines the criteria for refusing a request.

Top Tips

  • Remember that the purpose of the law is to provide transparency and encourage public trust in the institutions of the state.
  • You should familiarise yourself with any exceptions or exemptions to the law that might apply.
  • If you’re making a freedom of information request, plan it carefully and be specific about what you need