Correspondence relating to internal investigation of unauthorised disclosure of information: FOI release

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

Information requested

Information relating to the review undertaken by the Data Protection Officer, in relation to compliance with the SG’s data handling obligations, regarding the alleged unauthorised disclosure of official information that appeared in the press between 24 and 26 of August 2018. 

In particular: Did the Permanant Secretery hand it over? Who saw it? What was the remit? Who drew up the remit? What documentation re the remit exists?

Can I have a copy of the review and all relevant documentation?


I attach a copy of the report that you requested. The answer to your questions are as follows:

Did she hand it over? - The Permanent Secretary followed up her oral evidence to the SGHHC Committee with a letter on 12 January 2021 to the Convener with further detail about the internal review. DG Permanent ( The Committee did not request a copy of the review report and so it was not provided. 

Who saw it?- Upon the report's completion it was shared with; Sarah Davidson, formerly Director- General for Organisational Development and Operations, in her role as Senior Information Risk Officer, James Hynd, Head of Cabinet, Parliament and Governance Division, and Craig French, Solicitor. It has subsequently been shared with colleagues from the Organisational Continuity Team, and the Information Commissioner's Office.

What was the remit? - The remit of the review can be found in Annex A of the attached document.

Who drew up the remit? - The remit was agreed by the Data Protection Officer in consultation with Senior Information Risk Officer.

What documentation re the remit exists? - Annex A of the attached document details the remit of the review.

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