December 6th 2017 | COSLA Conference Centre

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About FOI 2017

Holyrood’s 15th Annual Freedom of Information conference will consider the implications of the expansion of FOISA and ask whether this expansion will be extended further, in the process debating if this would improve government efficiency. We will also explore the differences between FOI and Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) requests and consider the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Why you should attend?


At FOI 2017 you will:

  • Consider the implications of the expansion of FOISA
  • Explore the relationship between freedom of information and government efficiency
  • Discuss the differences between FOI and Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) requests
  • Review the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, The Scottish Government

Keith Aitken, Journalist and Broadcaster (Chair)

Early Bird discount

20% early bird discount available until Friday 18 August!

Book now using promotion code FOI17EB20



The FOISA Conference 2015 was a well organised and information filled event. I learned a great amount from the break-out sessions and would recommend attendance to all who are involved in data protection, freedom of information and information governance.

  • Katherine McBay, Information Governance Officer, James Hutton Institute

What happened in 2016

See a brief overview of last years agenda and who attended.