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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 22, 2017

Tribunal rejects call for disclosure of legal advice on amusement park project

An attempt by a former councillor to have Thanet District Council disclose legal advice obtained from law firm Trowers & Hamlins in relation to the operator chosen for the Dreamland Amusement Park has failed.
Nov 21, 2017

Campaigners to challenge DfE policy on collecting birth and nationality info

Campaigners are looking to crowd fund a legal challenge over the Department of Education’s (DfE) policy of collecting country of birth and nationality information on eight million children in England.
Oct 25, 2017

Tribunal refuses to force council to disclose legal advice over costs of employment case involving mayor

A member of the public has failed in a bid to force Liverpool City Council to disclose the legal advice behind its decision to pay the costs incurred by elected mayor Joe Anderson in an unfair dismissal case.
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.

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

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 17, 2017

Council sends abuse allegations to wrong address after Google Map search

Cheshire West and Chester Council has given an undertaking to the Information Commissioner’s Office after a number of data breaches including allegations of historic sexual abuse being sent to an incorrect address due to the address and postcode…
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.
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 26, 2017

City council faces legal action over leak of adoption information

Newcastle City Council faces legal action after a data leak exposed personal details of people involved in adoptions.
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.
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.
May 04, 2017

Greater Manchester Police hit with second £150k fine after fresh data protection breach

Greater Manchester Police has been hit by the Information Commissioner with its second £150,000 fine in less than five years for breaching data protection laws.

FOI and the new government

Data inspection iStock 000008204804XSmall 146x219With a new Conservative government and Michael Gove appointed as Justice Secretary, what does the future hold for freedom of information? Ibrahim Hasan considers the prospects.

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