December 13th 2018 | COSLA Conference Centre

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What happened in 2017


"I always learn something new and worthwhile when I attend this event"
- Andrew Gilmour, North Lanarkshire Council (FOI 2017)

Holyrood’s 2017 Freedom of Information Conference attracted over 100 attendees from organisations as diverse as:

  • University of St Andrews
  • Perth and Kinross Council
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Scottish Futures Trust
  • Care Inspectorate
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Transport Scotland
  • National Records of Scotland
  • Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
  • Edinburgh Leisure
  • Scottish Water
  • Lanarkshire Valuations Joint Board
  • …and many more

The day considered the implications of the expansion of FOISA, both for the new organisations brought into its reach and also for Scotland as a whole. We shared best practice for managing freedom of information requests, including exploring the differences between FOI and Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) requests and what this means in practice. We also looked at the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We were delighted to welcome the new Scottish Information Commissioner, Daren Fitzhenry, to the event.

Daren was joined by a host of excellent speakers including:

  • Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Scottish Government
  • Ken Macdonald, Head of Regions, Information Commissioner’s Office
  • Sally Kerr, Digital Innovation Manager, The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Alastair Brian, Fact Checker, Ferret Fact Service
  • Doreen Grove, Head of Open Government, Scottish Government
  • Sarah Hutchison, Head of Policy & Information, Scottish Information Commissioner
  • Professor Alistair Duff, Professor of Information Policy, Edinburgh Napier University