Scottish teachers letters to Nicola Sturgeon with concerns about the profession: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03726  
Date received: 17 December 2018
Date responded: 17 January 2019
Information requested
Based on calculations in response to FOI/18/03399 asking for 120 letters received by First Minister from Scottish teachers (refused on basis it would be too expensive) you have modified your request to ask for first 80 letters sent to Nicola Sturgeon from Scottish teachers with their concerns about the profession.
I enclose a copy of most of the information you have requested.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exemptions under section S38(1)(b) Personal data relating to third party of FOISA applies to some information. The reasons why that exemption applies are explained below.
Reasons for not providing information
Section 38(1)(b) – applicant has asked for personal data of a third party.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to a small amount of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, eg 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.
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Central Enquiry Unit 
Phone: 0300 244 4000 

The Scottish Government 
St Andrew's House 
Regent Road 

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