Council rejects ‘vexatious’ information requests

Scottish Borders Council has invoked Freedom of Information legislation to refuse two bids for information from members of the public.

In March, a requester asked the council for a list of those requests which had been denied because they were considered “vexatious”.

Under the Freedom of Information Scotland Act, “vexatious” requests include those which clearly have no purpose or value, are designed to cause disruption or annoyance or can “fairly be characterised as obsessive or manifestly unreasonable”.

Section 14 of the Act states: “Scottish public authorities are not obliged to comply with requests for information that are vexatious or repeated.”

In a response posted this week, the council reveals that two FoI requests have been refused on these grounds.

The first, from an unknown requester, wanted information on “personal relationships between present or past Chief Executives”.

The second sought “personal information about a member of staff”.