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GDPR and procurement

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

News headlines

Jul 10, 2018

Council not required to disclose advice of independent person: Tribunal

Stratford-on-Avon District Council need not disclose advice given by an independent person in a case over a councillor’s conduct, the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) has said.
Jun 15, 2018

ICO hits police force with £80k penalty for revealing identities of abuse victims

A police force has been hit with an £80,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office after it sent a bulk email that identified victims of non-recent child abuse.
Jun 14, 2018

Council ordered to disclose further information on incinerator deal

The Information Commissioner’s Office has told Gloucestershire County Council to disclose further commercial details of an incinerator deal, despite accepting that this could damage the interests of both the local authority and developer Urbaser…
Jun 01, 2018

Town council ordered to disclose contract with developer for sports complex sale

The First-tier Tribunal has upheld a decision by the Information Commissioner’s Office that required a town council to disclose a contract entered into more than five years ago with a developer over the multi-million pound sale of a sports…
May 18, 2018

Council fails in appeal that FOI requester was vexatious over parking charges

The First-tier Tribunal has rejected a claim by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham that a resident made vexatious freedom of information requests in relation to parking charges.

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

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 27, 2018

Choosing a data protection officer

Penny Bygrave sets out what all public authorities should know about appointing a data protection officer under the GDPR.
Apr 26, 2018

Information Commissioner prosecutes councillor over Freedom of Information Act offences

The Information Commissioner’s Office is prosecuting a councillor at Thanet District Council under section 77 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
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.
Apr 11, 2018

Council fails in appeal over FOI request and commercial prejudice

Hartlepool Borough Council has lost an appeal against a ruling by the Information Commissioner because it failed to provide evidence of what harm to commercial interests would be done by disclosing material dating from 2005 and relating to the…
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.
Apr 06, 2018

GDPR and contract negotiations

Azhar Ghose highlights some of the issues that have arisen in contract negotiations of GDPR clauses.
Apr 05, 2018

Police force hit with £130k monetary penalty for losing rape victim interview

The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed a £130,000 monetary penalty on Humberside Police after disks containing a video interview of an alleged rape victim went missing.
Mar 28, 2018

Tribunal orders disclosure of executive summary of ICO consensual audit

The First-tier Tribunal has ordered the disclosure of the executive summary of a data protection audit ­­the Information Commissioner's Office undertook with consent at a NHS Trust.
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.
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 18, 2018

Tribunal halves fine for disclosure of sensitive information in planning case

The First-tier Tribunal has upheld the Information Commissioner’s decision to impose a monetary penalty on Basildon Borough Council for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made…
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…
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.
Jan 05, 2018

ICO backs refusal of council to supply legal opinion over certificate of lawfulness

The Information Commissioner last month upheld a decision by a London borough to refuse to supply a copy of a legal opinion obtained by the council relating to an application to grant a certificate of lawfulness for a property.
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.

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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