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Peter Paul and Mayhem.

  A story of email marketing gone wrong. Surnames have been deleted to protect the guilty. On 20 Sep 2014, at 12:53, Peter wrote: Hi Paul, I have seen your CV details on one of the job boards and I … Continue reading

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When is wifi free?

Free (friː/) – adjective: free; without charge, free of charge, for nothing, complimentary, gratis, gratuitous, at no cost; for free, on the house. adverb: free; without cost or payment. (Avoid freely) Seems obvious when you ask Google for the definition. … Continue reading

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Yet Another Local Government Transparency Code – A Gift for Armchair Auditors?

The Coalition Government likes “armchair auditors”. Within weeks of coming to power in 2010, it released all items of local authority expenditure over £500. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, said at the time that … Continue reading

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New FOI Exemption Comes Into Force Today

A new exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 comes into force today (1st October 2014). One of the key recommendations of the House of Commons Justice Select Committee in its (July 2012) report into post-legislative scrutiny of the … Continue reading

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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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