What are my rights under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the FOI Act)?
You have legal rights to get information from Scottish public authorities. The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the FOI Act) and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 give you the right to ask for and be given information from a wide range of public organisations in Scotland. These organisations are called “Scottish public authorities”.
You have the right to ask for information from:
- The Scottish Government and its agencies, including Transport Scotland and the Scottish Prison Service
- The Scottish Parliament
- Local government, including councils, assessors, licensing boards and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
- The National Health Service, including NHS boards, hospitals, GPs, dentists, pharmacists and opticians
- Universities and colleges
- Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
- Other public authorities, including more than 50 types of Scottish public authorities not covered in the categories above. They range from Scottish Enterprise to Scottish Water
- Companies that are wholly owned by one or more public authorities, such as Caledonian MacBrayne and Prestwick Airport. Other companies might include those set up by local authorities and universities
- Organisations set up by councils to develop or deliver recreation, sporting, cultural and social services (for example Edinburgh Leisure, Eden Court Theatre)
The list of Scottish public authorities changes from time to time as new authorities are added or current ones change their names. A list is published on the Scottish Information Commissioner’s website at www.itspublicknowledge.info or you can contact the Scottish Information Commissioner.
What if I want to see information about me?
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to see information about yourself. You can find guidance on how to use this right on the UK Information Commissioner’s website www.ico.org.uk.
Is there information I may not be able to see?
Access to some information is limited.
GSA Publication Scheme
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires The Glasgow School of Art to adopt, maintain, publish and review a Publication Scheme. The Publication Scheme is a list of information that the GSA will make available on a routine basis.
The GSA's Freedom of Information publication scheme is available to view as a pdf here.
If you have a FOI request, please contact:
Mark Clancy, Senior Policy Officer. You can also call 0141 566 1491.