About Us

About Us

The Scottish Information Commissioner is the independent public official responsible for promoting and enforcing Scotland's freedom of information (FOI) law.

The Commissioner is appointed by His Majesty the King, on the nomination of the Scottish Parliament, and serves for a fixed term of six years. The Scottish Parliament meets the Commissioner's salary and provides funding for the Commissioner's office.

The Commissioner is based in St Andrews, Fife and is supported by a small team.

Our main functions

  • Investigating FOI appeals
  • Promoting the public's right to know
  • Promoting good FOI practice to public authorities
  • Intervening when public authority practice is not compliant with FOI law

The role of the Commissioner

The Scottish Information Commissioner has statutory functions to promote and enforce freedom of information (FOI) law. One of the best ways to get a picture of our work is to view our Annual Reports. Below is an overview of some of the main areas of our work, with links to relevant content on this website.

Appeals and interventions

The Commissioner is the appeal body for FOI requests made to Scottish public authorities. Investigating appeals and issuing enforceable Decision Notices are a significant part of our work. We also monitor authorities' FOI practice and make interventions to remedy concerns.