- 31 Dec 2018
Date received: 27 November 2018
Date responded: 21 December 2018
I enclose a list of the organisations, foreign leaders and dignitaries received a Christmas Card from the First Minister on behalf of the Scottish Government for 2018. In addition to those organisations listed, the First Minister typically sends a Christmas card to Members of the Scottish Parliament and other politicians.
An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to your request for the names of all the people who were sent/ or will be sent a 2018 Christmas card from Nicola Sturgeon in her capacity as First Minister because some of the information requested is personal data of a third party, ie names/contact details of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation 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.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House