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DPIAs: when and how?

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

News headlines

May 15, 2018

Chief Planner warns local planning authorities on GDPR and data protection

The Chief Planner has written to local planning authorities (LPAs) to remind them of the importance of complying with their data protection responsibilities when they exercise their planning functions.
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 16, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.
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.

Features and analysis

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.

Malnick: section 36 reasonableness

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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.

Revising the s.45 code of practice

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

Older articles

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 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 02, 2017

Information Commissioner urges proactive publication of fire safety records

The Information Commissioner has urged public organisations holding relevant fire risk assessments and other fire safety information to consider publishing these records proactively, “unless there is a good reason not to”.
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 20, 2017

Council appeals £150k fine imposed over publication of sensitive data

Basildon Council has confirmed it is to appeal the imposition by the Information Commissioner of a £150,000 monetary penalty for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly…
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.

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