The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

The Freedom of Information  (Scotland) Act  2002 (FoISA) was introduced by the Scottish Parliament to ensure that people have the right to access information held by Scottish public authorities - those solely based, and operating, in Scotland. The University is a Scottish public authority and is therefore subject to the FoISA. The Act ensures that, subject to certain exemptions, any person can receive information that they request from a public authority. This is a legal right.


The UK Freedom of Information Act 2000, which differs in detail from the Freedom of Information Act (Scotland) 2002, sits alongside the Data Protection Act 1998 as the principle mechanism for access to information held by English, Welsh, Northern Irish and UK-wide public bodies.