Government launches consultation into widening scope of Freedom of Information laws
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on whether Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation should be expanded to include third sector and private organisations.
Currently the legislation only applies to public bodies, but the review – which was announced during Holyrood’s Freedom of Information conference this morning – is seeking views on whether it should be expanded to include organisations that carry out work for the public sector or receive public funds.
It is also canvassing opinion on what information the government should proactively publish on public services and whether guidance on the use of different technology platforms should be introduced.
“Scotland has the most robust FOI laws in the UK,” said minister for parliamentary business George Adam.
“We want to build on this further by engaging with people and organisations on the development of information rights. We want to understand how existing legislation affects the work of civil society groups and public bodies.
“The responses to the consultation will inform our work to improve FOI rules and deliver on the Scottish Government’s commitment to openness and transparency.
“I would urge those with experience of FOI, whether as requesters, public authorities or as partners of public authorities to respond to the consultation and let us know your concerns and experiences.”
The consultation will remain open for response until 14 March 2023.