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Popped into the dentist for a filling today. The old one fell out with a chewy caramel bar. On arrival I was given a form to fill in with my personal details and medical history. 
 
“Just an update dear” simpered the receptionist.
 
I read it as I was waiting. Name, OK, address OK, phone, mobile, email. Hmmmm. Occupation? At that moment the dentist called me in so I started quizzing him on the form. It wasn’t easy when he started prodding around in my mouth but afterwards I asked a few obvious questions. 
 
Why do you need my occupation to treat me? 
 
“We don’t actually. Err It’s not my form it’s supplied by a 3rd party. 
 
Sound like a data processor wagging the data controller to me…
 
Why do you need to know the amount of units of alcohol I consume each week?
 
“Alcohol is a major factor in oral cancer”
 
OK I’ll give you that one.
 
Do you share my data with my doctor or the local hospital?
 
“No we don’t. I suspect they don’t talk to each other. ha ha. Why are you asking all these questions?’
 
My job involves working with Data Protection.
 
“Oh it’s OK we have a Data Protection Certificate downstairs in reception. We won’t pass your data to anyone. Ha ha. It’s all just paperwork that we have to fill in”.
 
Not particularly reassuring. No DP statement on the questionnaire. No understanding of Notification or Certification (whatever that is). No idea about the data controller/data processor situation. Some Principle 3 considerations. Who trains dentists? What time do chinese people go to the dentist?
 
We know that one. 2-30.

We have a hole in our programme when it comes to training dentists. However, our basic DP course may be of use.

Act Now Book Draw Week 6

The winner of this week’s Act Now Book Draw was Peter Dinsdale from Newcastle University.

Next week’s bookGringras: The Laws of the Internet (3rd Edition) is Gringras: The Laws of the Internet (3rd Edition) by Elle Todd.

The next draw will take place on Wednesday 4th April at 9am. Click here to enter the draw.

If you enter the draw and win, you give us permission to let others know that you have won (by e mail, on our website and by Twitter). If you do not want us to do this, please do not enter the draw. Any information we receive through this free draw will not be used for any other purpose.

FOI Can Make You Money

Ibrahim Hasan has done a guest blog post for the Save FOI Blog. He says…

“Many public authorities have expressed concerns about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) being “abused” by the private sector. They have cited examples of information requests where they are effectively asked to do unpaid research or to supply facts, figures and statistics, which are then repackaged and sold on for profit with little return for the authorities. Many have taken the opportunity to present evidence to the Justice Select Committee  about the cost of dealing with FOI requests. Although some of the figures cited are somewhat dubious, there seems to be groundswell of opinion that the price of openness and transparency is too high. But how many of the same public authorities have considered the forthcoming changes to the FOI regime which may well assist in defraying some of the costs?

The Protection of Freedoms Bill will provide an opportunity for public authorities to raise much-needed revenue from the licensing of some information released pursuant to FOI requests.

READ MORE: http://savefoi2012.wordpress.com/

Freedom of Information Workshops from Act Now Training Ltd
Venues: London, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham
Click here for more details

Act Now Book Draw Week 5

The winner of this week’s Act Now Book Draw was

Gill Fildes from Swansea Metropolitan University.

Next week’s book is Surveillance and Intelligence Law Handbook by Dr Victoria Williams, a barrister at 2 Gray’s Inn Chambers. Full annotated text of RIPA 2000 with case law, codes, rules & regulations.

The next draw will take place on Wednesday 28th March at 9am. Click here to enter the draw.

If you enter the draw and win, you give us permission to let others know that you have won (by e mail, on our website and by Twitter). If you do not want us to do this, please do not enter the draw. Any information we receive through this free draw will not be used for any other purpose.

Covert Surveillance and RIPA Update – 1st May 2012, Manchester

The latest changes to Part 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

Click here for more details

FPN & CCTV

Not sure why but when a normally rational DP officer is asked to produce a Fair Processing Notice for a CCTV camera they seem to lose track of reality and forget the basics. Name of Data Controller; purpose of processing, contact details.

Here’s a simple example.

Forgot almost everything and also made the mistake of telling people that they were using hidden cameras. Hidden engages RIPA. Easy mistake to make.

Another fine example of this on the right is a well known police force.

Clearly they thought about what to put on their sign but managed to get it spectacularly wrong.

And while the Act Now staff are abroad they also keep their eyes open for interesting signs. Souriez means Smile. We’ve seen versions of this in the UK.

And a colleague sent the following to me knowing I had a library of CCTV signs collected on my travels.

 

 

 

 

How we laughed… But then we realised… what do our CCTV signs look like? Is anyone snapping ours and showing them off as not actually very good…   Send us your signs.

CCTV and the Law Workshop – Watching You Watching Them More details – http://www.actnow.org.uk/courses/714

Act Now Book Draw Week 4

Information Rights in PracticeThe winner of this week’s Act Now Book Draw was

Donald Maclean from Perth College.

Next week’s book is Information rights in practice by Alan Stead.

The next draw will take place on Wednesday 21st March at 9am. Click here to enter the draw.

If you enter the draw and win, you give us permission to let others know that you have won (by e mail, on our website and by Twitter). If you do not want us to do this, please do not enter the draw. Any information we receive through this free draw will not be used for any other purpose.

R.I.P. Tiddles – A Cat’s Tale

Maybe it was when he realised he couldn’t access his medical data (through his human owner); maybe it was the lack of a satisfactory diagnosis; maybe it was feline immunodeficiency virus that caused the lesions on all limbs and the infection in his nose and ears but Tiddles disappeared Tuesday morning at 8 am after a full pouch of Felix salmon in jelly. His owners spent 88 hours ch chewing at the front door but it looked like he’d run away to die (research on google revealed that this was a likely outcome). Friday evening and he turned up out of the blue looking very weak and bedraggled. Following day he was taken to the second opinion who made an appointment for an emergency FIV and leukaemia test at a local animal hospital. Despite a negative test the vet decided that the best advice was to put him out of his misery. He’d lost 35% of his body weight; had difficulty walking, slept 23 hours a day and was wasting away. He was 5 years old. At 1400 on Saturday 10th March Tiddles moved outside the scope of the Data Protection Act although he never had any Principle 6 rights as he failed most of the Durant tests. This post not tagged DP or privacy or SAR or anything. Just a shaggy cat story.

Act Now Book Draw Week 3

Data Protection: Legal Compliance and Good Practice for EmployersThe winner of this week’s Act Now Book Draw was

Melanie Cartwright from South Hams District Council.

Next week’s book is Data Protection: Legal Compliance and Good Practice for Employers by Lynda Macdonald.

The next draw will take place on Wednesday 14th March at 9am. Click here to enter the draw.

If you enter the draw and win, you give us permission to let others know that you have won (by e mail, on our website and by Twitter). If you do not want us to do this, please do not enter the draw. Any information we receive through this free draw will not be used for any other purpose.

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