Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information ( Scotland ) Act 2002 means that the Scottish Government will proactively distribute information on the work it does.
If you are interested in a particular area of Government work you can access a lot of information just by looking at the topic pages on the main corporate website.
You can also ask the Scottish Government for any information it holds that is not already published, and it will often be able give you the information, although there are some limits.
To find out how to request information and see how much information you have a right to see, have a look on the Publications Scheme pages of the website.
For more information about Freedom of Information in Scotland see the website of the Scottish Information Commissioner.
If you think the Scottish Government holds personal information about you, you can make a special request to see what the information is. This is called a subject access request; you have the right to make one under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Details are available on the Data Protection web pages.
For more information about Data Protection see the website of the UK Information Commissioner.