Freedom of Information Act
Your responsibilities and obligations to freedom of information
If you are a public authority you have a legal obligation to provide information through an approved publication scheme and in response to requests. Find out what you need to do under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Guide to Freedom of Information
The Guide to Freedom of Information explains your obligations under the Act, answers many frequently asked questions and gives practical examples to illustrate how to apply the Act in practice.
View a full A-Z list of our freedom of information guidance.
We have published specialist guidance, including our detailed knowledge base, an internal resource which gives the ICO’s position on many of the issues we deal with, and sample questions we ask public authorities.
- Access official information
Find out how to access information from public bodies.
- Decision notices
Want to find a particular decision notice? Use our dedicated search engine.
- Definition documents and template guides to information
The types of information we'd expect authorities to publish.
- Publication scheme plan 2013/14
Read about upcoming changes to the sector definition documents and model publication scheme.
- Sector guides
Where do you work? We’ve produced a set of sector specific guides.