- 26 Oct 2018
Date received: 10 August 2018
Date responded: 19 October 2018
We have sought guidance from the central FoI Unit at the Scottish Government on some technical aspects of our response. Whilst this has helped us provide you with better information, it has also identified that our method of redaction needed to change so that black lines are no longer used. This necessitated some technological changes and a fresh scan of the materials to be released. This added a significant time delay and for that we apologise unreservedly. We are working to ensure that such delays do not happen in the future.
Some of the information you have requested is available from www.gov.scot - I have provided the links to the relevant information at Annex A. Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.
This exemption applies to some of the information you have requested because it is personal data of a third party (the names and contact details of members of staff, requesters and other individuals) and disclosure would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the GDPR and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the public interest test, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House