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Information: how to keep it safe and how to access it

Guidelines from the Shetland Data Sharing Partnership
Looking after information

Making sure that the public trusts us to look after information is vitally important.  Everyone who works in or for the public, private and third sector has a role to play.  This includes people working in primary, secondary and community care, administration and support staff, students, locum staff, voluntary staff and people working for companies providing services to the public.  Please use the link above to download our local guidelines.

Support for voluntary organisations on accessing information using Freedom of Information laws

The Scottish Information Commissioner has launched a new online resource to help voluntary organisations and campaigners to get the most out of Scotland’s freedom of information (FOI) laws. FOI provides individuals, including voluntary organisations, with a right to the information held by public authorities – from local councils to NHS Boards to the Scottish Government.

The new web resource provides simple step-by-step guidance on using FOI, along with a selection of video case studies featuring voluntary sector campaigners talking about how the FOI right has helped them in their work.

Launching the new web resource, Rosemary Agnew, the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) said:

“Everyone has the right to use FOI, and our new web pages aim to support voluntary organisations in knowing when and how it can benefit them. As well as the videos of user experiences, the website features commonly asked questions, hints and tips on making effective requests and details of forthcoming FOI workshops.

“We hope that information and examples available on the website will help requesters to better understand how FOI can benefit them.”

The new web resources can be accessed at www.itspublicknowledge.info/voluntarysector.

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