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The @BCS FOI Certificate Gives You Wings!

Are you a Freedom of Information (FOI) practitioner wanting to give your career a boost? Or perhaps you are new to FOI wanting to quickly get up to speed with FOI law and practice? The British Computer Society’s (BCS) Certificate … Continue reading

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OSC Annual RIPA Report (2014) – Key Points

The Chief Surveillance Commissioner published his annual report on 4th September 2014. The report covers the period from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 and is essential reading for those public authorities, especially councils, who conduct surveillance under Part … Continue reading

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Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Annual Report

Local authorities have powers under Part I Chapter 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) (sections 21 to 25). This concerns the acquisition and disclosure of communications data from Communications Service Providers (CSPs). The definition of “communications … Continue reading

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RIPA Policy and Procedures Toolkit – Time Limited Offer

  It is almost two years since major changes to the local authority surveillance regime (under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, (RIPA) came into force. Since 1st November 2012, whenever exercising any powers under RIPA (doing Directed Surveillance, … Continue reading

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All Change for Data Sharing?

Last year the Law Commission launched a consultation on the law around sharing of personal information between public sector organisations. The paper outlined the current law and asked 22 broad questions. In July, following analysis of the consultation responses, the … Continue reading

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BCS You’re Worth It

If you’re a Data Protection and/or Freedom of Information Practitioner you may be thinking about obtaining one or both of the BCS qualifications (previously known as ISEB) offered by Act Now Training. This was my situation just a couple of … Continue reading

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The ICO and Seven Shades of Grey

If you’ve nothing to do at lunchtime and you’re an experienced DP person try the ICO quiz on the difference between Data Controllers and Data Processors. You can find it here. After all it’s not a hard quiz. Data Controllers … Continue reading

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