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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

Jan 08, 2018

Government issues policy note on procurement and data protection changes

The Crown Commercial Service has published a policy note (PPN) on the impact on procurement of changes to data protection legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Nov 16, 2017

ICO brings 8th prosecution in 2017 over NHS employees unlawfully accessing records

A nursing auxiliary in Wales has been fined for accessing a patient’s medical records without a valid legal reason – the eighth prosecution of its kind brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office this year alone.
Nov 10, 2017

Legal action launched over data-sharing between Home Office and NHS on migrants

The Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN) has launched a legal challenge to what it calls “a secret data-sharing agreement” between the Home Office, the Department of Health and the NHS.
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.
Oct 04, 2017

NHS trust faces claim after employee unlawfully accessed medical records

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust is facing legal action after one of its employees unlawfully accessed medical records.

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

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'.
Jul 03, 2017

NHS trust failed to comply with data protection law in Google DeepMind trial

A leading NHS trust failed to comply with the Data Protection Act when it provided patient details to Google DeepMind, the Information Commissioner’s Office has said.
Jun 27, 2017

Review of NHS correspondence backlog finds 1,788 cases of potential harm

A review of how NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) handled a huge backlog of unprocessed clinical correspondence has found 1,788 cases of potential harm to patients, the National Audit Office has said.
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 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 17, 2017

Local authority alert sees family barrister fined over data security failings

A senior family law and Court of Protection barrister has been fined £1,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for failing to keep clients’ sensitive personal information secure.

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