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Information relating to the clearance of an FOI response: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

FOI Reference: FOI/202400392901
Date received: 10 January 2024
Date responded: 23 January 2024

Information Requested

Request for information 1: A copy of the email or emails that was sent from David Wallace in reply to the email request for feedback/comments/clearance concerning FOI 20230038099

Request for information 2: The copy of the email or emails that was sent TO and FROM David Wallace for feedback/comments/clearance concerning FOI 202300387447 before it was released.


Request for information 1: Please find the requested information attached.

Request for information 2:

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Social Security Scotland does not have the information you have requested. This is because no emails were sent to or from David Wallace for feedback/comments/clearance in relation to the response to Freedom of Information request 202300387447.

Our process requires only that someone of Deputy Director level or above provides clearance for release of Freedom of Information responses. On this occasion clearance was provided by James Wallace, Deputy Director of Finance and Corporate Services. Please find attached the related emails.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to a small amount of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, for example, names/contact details of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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