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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 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.
May 17, 2018

CPS handed £325,000 monetary penalty after losing victim interview videos

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been hit with a £325,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it lost unencrypted DVDs containing recordings of police interviews.
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.

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

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.
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.
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.

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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