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.

About the Guide to the Environmental Information Regulations

We have updated our guidance about refusing a request, and have changed the following sections:

  1. When you can use an exemption to neither confirm or deny you hold information, if to do so would disclose personal data; and
  2. When you can refuse a request because it contains personal data.


This guide is for those who work for a public authority and have day-to-day responsibility for environmental information.

It explains how to apply the Act by giving practical examples and answering frequently asked questions.