The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions to that right and places a number of related obligations on public authorities, particularly in relation to Records Management and Publication Schemes.
Individuals have the right to make a request for information, be informed whether or not the public authority holds that information and, subject to various statutory exemptions, be supplied with that information.
Police Scotland respond to more than 3,000 Freedom of Information requests a year and the responses are published on our disclosure log.
Before submitting a Freedom of Information request, please consult our publication scheme and disclosure log as the information you seek may already be available.
Please note that personal information is protected by data privacy laws and will not usually be released in response to a freedom of information request. Individuals can however submit a subject access request to apply for their own, personal information under Data Protection legislation.
Freedom of information requests must include your full name and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or to:
FOI Central Processing Unit
Information Management Unit
2 French Street
Access to information about the environment can be requested under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, which has similar provisions to that of FOI.
Any requests for environmental information will be dealt with under these regulations and can be submitted in the same way as a FOI request.
The definition of environmental information is very broad, and includes the state of the elements, the state of human health and safety, measures and activities affecting or likely to affect,the state of elements of the environment, any factors such as substances, energy, noise radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases, reports on the implementation of environmental legislation and cost benefit and other economic analysis used in environmental decision making.
The Scottish Information Commissioner
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 is enforced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. Enquirers should note the Scottish Information Commissioner's remit is limited to Scottish public authorities as defined by Section 3 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Enquiries relating to bodies covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and enquiries under the Data Protection Act 1998, should be directed to the Information Commissioner.
The Office of The Scottish Information Commissioner
Tel: 01334 464610