Swedish Cohort study in sex reassignment surgery: FOI release

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

Information requested

"Provide all references you hold to Dhejne, C., Lichtenstein, P., Boman, M., Johansson, A. L. V., Langstrom, N., and Landen, M. (2011) Long-term follow-up of transsexual persons undergoing sex reassignment surgery: Cohort study in Sweden, published in PloS One,6(2), 1–8, which relate to the findings of this research related to offending rates, including any analysis of the findings of the research, any analysis of any comments by any of the authors about these findings in any later publication, any analysis or discussion of the relevance of the original research to Scottish Government policy, and any correspondence with external organisations related to the research."


I enclose a copy of the information you requested in the form of:

  • Document 1 (December 2018 – February 2020) email exchanges
  • Document 2 (May 2019) extract of submission to the Cabinet Secretary
  • Document 3 (February 2020) extract of answers in response to a media query

You can also find information in Document 7 of a previous FOI release FOI/201900010673 available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-201900010673/.

Reasons for not providing information
An exemption applies
An exemption under section 38(1)(b) (personal information) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested, in that it consists of the names, email addresses and other information which may identify the 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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FOI-202000017446 - Information released - Document 1
FOI-202000017446 - Information released - Document 2
FOI-202000017446 Information released - Document 3


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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