Commissioner updates FOI website

The Scottish Information Commissioner's website has been updated in order to make it easier for the public to understand their rights under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act.

Since the act was introduced in 2005 the Scottish Information Commissioner's office has been inundated with enquiries about public rights. The site has been designed to be more accessible and user-friendly than its predecessor. It includes signposting to help the public and local authorities quickly access parts of the site relevant to them.

Kevin Dunion, the Scottish Information Commissioner said: "My role is to ensure the public are confident about their rights and encourage public authorities to be more open. The website will support this by helping all users of the Act make the most of what it offers."

First impressions of the new website are that it's actually more difficult to use and it's not as easy to find the information you need (and it does look a bit odd). Find out for yourself - the new look website can be found at the old address:

Update (2 August 07) - Comment received from the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office, 25 July 2007: If you have any comments or suggestions about the Commissioner's new website you can email them at Alternatively, add a comment below.

Website is launched to help public (Evening Times, 9 July 2007)


Paul Mutch said...

I was sorry to read that you’ve been having some problems finding your way around our new website. We’re continually working to develop the site in order to ensure that it is as accessible and user-friendly as possible. To this end, we would be delighted to receive any feedback, suggestions or ideas for improvements that you or your readers may have.

Please feel free to email any comments or suggestions to

Alternatively, you can also use our website’s new ‘Contact Us’ form, which can be found online at

Kind regards,

Paul Mutch
Freedom of Information Officer - Policy and Information
Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner