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The wages of sin is: the ability to rely on Section 12

Christopher Knight analyses a recent freedom of information case on costs limits and public authorities' record-keeping.

News headlines

Oct 24, 2017

Information Commissioner warns NHS staff about snooping after another prosecution

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fired a warning to NHS employees about the risks of snooping into patient records without a valid legal reason, after its latest prosecution of a staff member.
Sep 25, 2017

Ex-employee of adult care department fined for taking personal data

A former employee of Leicester City Council’s adult social care department has been fine for unlawfully obtaining personal data.
Sep 25, 2017

Cornerstone barrister appointed to European Commission Expert Group on GDPR

Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Baristers has been appointed as a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Sep 12, 2017

Council wins injunction against duo to prevent disclosure of school information

The London Borough of Croydon has secured an injunction to prevent a former headteacher and an educational advocate from disclosing information about a school that it considers confidential.
Sep 01, 2017

ICO fines council for leaving vulnerable people’s personal information exposed online for five years

Delays by the London Borough of Lambeth left a woman fleeing domestic violence with her autistic child in unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation for nearly two years, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has found.
Aug 17, 2017

Council fined £70k by ICO over parking ticket system data breaches

A London borough has been hit with a £70,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office after the authority failed to keep up to 89,000 people’s information secure on its parking ticket system website.

Features and analysis

GDPR and employee surveillance

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Ibrahim Hasan looks at the challenges for local authorities around employee surveillance and the prospect of GDPR.

Don’t mention the bigger picture

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Peter Lockley analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on 'environmental information'.

Subject access requests and ICO guidance

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The Information Commissioner's Office has changed its guidance in relation to subject access requests. Robin Hopkins sets out the key points.

Procurement and information security

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Melanie Pears and Tim Care provide an overview of the importance of "information security" (which includes but is not limited to cyber security) in the context of public procurement practices.

Older articles

Jul 07, 2017

Don’t mention the bigger picture

Peter Lockley analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on 'environmental information'.
Jun 23, 2017

Subject access requests and ICO guidance

The Information Commissioner's Office has changed its guidance in relation to subject access requests. Robin Hopkins sets out the key points.
Jun 13, 2017

Council faces enforcement notice over failure to roll out data protection training

The Information Commissioner has issued an enforcement notice against Medway Council over its failure to continue to roll out mandatory data protection training.
Jun 12, 2017

Council hit with £100k fine after cyber attack during IT outsourcing

A city council has been hit with a £100,000 monetary penalty after leaving employees’ personal information vulnerable to a cyber attacker who exploited a flaw in the authority’s website.
Jun 09, 2017

Procurement and information security

Melanie Pears and Tim Care provide an overview of the importance of "information security" (which includes but is not limited to cyber security) in the context of public procurement practices.
Jun 02, 2017

Human error to blame for almost half of all data breaches: report

Human error accounts for almost half of all data breach incidents, a review of data from the Information Commissioner’s Office has suggested.
May 31, 2017

Council fined £150k for publishing sensitive data in online planning documents

Basildon Borough Council has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.
May 19, 2017

GDPR: Lessons from Germany?

Can we learn from Germany's approach when it comes to implementation of the GDPR this time next year? Robin Hopkins looks at the lessons.
May 17, 2017

GP surgery administrator fined for illegally accessing patient records

A former NHS administrator has been ordered to pay nearly £800 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to unlawfully accessing patient records.
May 15, 2017

Tribunal refuses call to order disclosure of counsel’s opinion obtained by county

A First-Tier Tribunal has refused a call from a retired solicitor to order a county council to disclose counsel’s opinion.
May 04, 2017

Public sector concern at impact of different legislation on data sharing: report

Fears are growing in the public sector that the General Data Protection Regulation and the Digital Economy Act are pulling data sharing in different directions, research has suggested.
Apr 24, 2017

Council wins right to redact more info from variation agreement to waste contract

A county council has won an appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal over a decision by the Information Commissioner’s Office that it was not entitled to redact certain information in a variation agreement to a waste disposal contract.
Apr 20, 2017

GDPR: goodbye notification, hello fees

Ibrahim Hasan looks at how the Government intends to ensure the Information Commissioner's Office is funded when the General Data Protection Regulation replaces the Data Protection Act.
Apr 13, 2017

Local Government GDPR readiness

Press reports on recent research by the Information Commissioner's Office into councils' preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation suggested a lack of readiness. Ibrahim Hasan goes behind the headlines.
Mar 20, 2017

Council fined for leaving sensitive files in cabinet sent to second hand shop

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Norfolk County Council £60,000 after files that included sensitive information about children were left in a cabinet sent to a second hand shop.
Mar 16, 2017

The practicalities of the GDPR: breach notification, consent

Robin Hopkins makes some observations on two important aspects of life under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Mar 09, 2017

Yet another subject access judgment…

Anya Proops QC analyses the latest ruling on subject access requests, this time from the Court of Appeal.
Mar 02, 2017

The motives behind subject access requests

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a requester's motive does not justify a refusal to comply with a subject access request. Dan Fawcett analyses the ruling.
Feb 16, 2017

Risk assessment of schools and FOI

A council has successfully appealed an Information Commissioner's decision that it should disclose information on its risk assessment of schools. Claire Booth explains why.
Feb 16, 2017

Don't be a data protection fundamentalist

An Advocate General has called for a common sense approach to interpreting data protection law. Robin Hopkins examines the AG's opinion.

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