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GDPR and procurement

The introduction of the GDPR has significant implications for procurement practice, writes Jenny Beresford-Jones.

News headlines

May 22, 2018

University hit with £120k monetary penalty for "serious" security breach

The University of Greenwich has become the first university to be fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after a “serious” security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 people including students and…
May 10, 2018

Consult on extending FOI to private sector providers of public services: watchdog

The Committee for Standards in Public Life has called for a consultation on whether the Freedom of Information Act should apply to private sector providers where information relates to the performance of a public service contract.
May 04, 2018

Information Commissioner consults on draft Regulatory Action Policy

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on the way it plans to regulate new data protection laws.
Apr 11, 2018

Campaigners claim DfE to end collection of children’s nationality data

Campaign group Against Borders for Children (ABC) has claimed that the Department for Education (DfE) is to end the collection of children’s nationality and country of birth data in schools.
Mar 13, 2018

Tribunal rejects appeal for disclosure of details of council review of education law firm

The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has dismissed an appeal calling for the disclosure of information on a council’s review of its working arrangements with Baker Small and the authority’s use of the education law firm.
Feb 22, 2018

Ex-council worker fined for illegally sharing personal information

A former local authority education worker who admitted to unlawfully obtaining and sharing personal information about schoolchildren and their parents has been fined £850 and ordered to pay £713 in costs. The Information Commissioner’s Office said…

Features and analysis

GDPR: updating privacy notices

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Are you caught in a last minute rush to update your privacy notice to comply with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Ibrahim Hasan considers what is involved.

DPIAs: when and how?

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Ibrahim Hasan looks at how data controllers can comply with the obligation to produce data protection impact assessments.

Choosing a data protection officer

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Penny Bygrave sets out what all public authorities should know about appointing a data protection officer under the GDPR.

GDPR and contract negotiations

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Azhar Ghose highlights some of the issues that have arisen in contract negotiations of GDPR clauses.

Older articles

Mar 08, 2018

Malnick: section 36 reasonableness

The Upper Tribunal has recently been called on to consider the test for the reasonableness of a qualified person's opinion under s.36 FOIA. Robin Hopkins examines the outcome.
Feb 22, 2018

Ex-council worker fined for illegally sharing personal information

A former local authority education worker who admitted to unlawfully obtaining and sharing personal information about schoolchildren and their parents has been fined £850 and ordered to pay £713 in costs. The Information Commissioner’s Office said…
Feb 16, 2018

DfE faces legal action over collection of data of children in ‘alternative provision’

The Department for Education is facing a legal challenge over its decision to instruct local authorities to provide data on children who have been moved out of the mainstream school system.
Jan 19, 2018

Revising the s.45 code of practice

The Cabinet Office recently put out to consultation a revised draft code of practice under s. 45 FOIA. Ibrahim Hasan examines the changes.
Jan 17, 2018

City council inadvertently discloses data on children to taxi firms

Leicester City Council has inadvertently disclosed data about children to taxi firms, with the error occurring when the local authority contacted the 27 taxi operators with which it has contracts and mistakenly sent the entire database rather than…
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 31, 2017

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.
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.
Aug 17, 2017

GDPR and employee surveillance

Ibrahim Hasan looks at the challenges for local authorities around employee surveillance and the prospect of GDPR.
Aug 14, 2017

ICO warns NHS staff over accessing personal data as care assistant fined

A former health care assistant has been ordered to pay £1,715 in fines and costs after she pleaded guilty to offences of unlawfully obtaining and unlawfully disclosing personal data.
Jul 11, 2017

Campaigners draft bill applying FOI to housing associations, contractors

The Campaign for Freedom of Information has drafted a Bill designed to bring housing associations, private contractors providing public services, and Local Safeguarding Children Boards under the Freedom of Information Act.
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.

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