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Request Data

Request our data

The Scottish Government is committed to making its data accessible, subject to data protection legislation. Before requesting data, we recommend you first check our official statistics and statistics.gov.scot.

If the data you require is part of a linkage project, requires census data or is not available in either of these locations, you can request access by submitting a completed application form to our mailbox: statistics.enquiries@gov.scot .

This should be done by the person requesting the data and we recommend using the accompanying guidance.

Please note this web page covers requesting access to non-Education data. See the Education data access panel for access to Education data.

 

Notification of changes to application process

From June 2018, the process for requesting data and scrutiny of applications using Scottish Government data and National Records of Scotland Census data has changed.

A single application will now cover all data requests and depending on the type of data being requested, this will be scrutinised by Analytical Division Heads, and/or Statistics Public Benefit and Privacy Panel.

The Analytical Division Heads will consider applications that request data which:

·         Will not be linked to other datasets

·         Considered to be low risk based on risk matrix score

The Statistics Public Benefit and Privacy Panel will consider applications that request data which:

·         Will be linked to other datasets

·         Request census data

·         Will not be linked to other datasets but are considered to be medium to high risk on risk matrix score

Please don’t hesitate to contact the statistics team relevant to your request for help completing the form. If you do not know who to contact, get in touch with our mailbox: statistics.enquiries@gov.scot.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted application form, we will assign this as detailed in the process flow chart.

If the application requests data that will not be linked to other datasets, this will be reviews by the appropriate Analytical Division Head where, the privacy risk of  your application will be evaluated using the risk matrix. If your request is medium or high risk it will be reviewed by the Statistics Public Benefit and Privacy Panel. If this happens we will let you know and you will be assigned a contact during the process. The panel may seek further information about your application.

All other applications will be sent directly to the Statistics Public Benefit and Privacy Panel for review. The panel may seek further information about your application.

Full details of the panel’s remit and process are available in the Terms of Reference.

 

Background

The Statistics Public Benefit and Privacy Panel considers requests for census data,and projects that require Scottish Government or census data to be linked to other datasets and any requests for data that are considered to be medium to high risk. If also linking to health data, an application may be required to the Health PBPP.

The panel consists of representatives from administrative colleagues, Scottish Government data protection colleagues, Scottish Government statisticians, National Records of Scotland information governance colleagues, National Records of Scotland Statisticians and non-SG colleagues.

The panel reviews applications by correspondence.

The panel provides robust, transparent, consistent, appropriate and proportionate information governance for these type of data requests.