Subject access request submissions to the Scottish Government: FOI release

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

Information requested

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In relation to the Data Protection Act 1998 legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation, can you please provide statistical data for subject access requests; requests to rectify personal data; and requests to erase personal data received by your organisation under the following headings between September 2016 and December 2019:

  • Number Upheld – Personal data provided / changed / delete

  • Number Returned – Requests returned due to insufficient information / request made on behalf of someone else etc.

  • Number Refused – Personal data NOT provided / changed / deleted


I attach a copy of the information you requested.

For awareness – an organisation must not refuse a valid data subject rights request, unless that request is manifestly unfounded or excessive. The Scottish Government has refused one request on those grounds during the time period considered.

All occasions where we have returned the request to the applicant it was for one of the following reasons; we did not hold any personal data, the request was for another organisation and the applicant wrote to us in error, or the applicant did not provide us with verification of their identity or information we required to enable us to locate their personal data.

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The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI/202000014222 Information released


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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