The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of information for organisations

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. 

Guidance index

View a full A-Z list of our freedom of information guidance.

Specialist 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.

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