Monthly Archives: November 2012

Leveson: What future for Data Protection?

The Leveson Report has finally been published. The Report recommends that a tougher form of self-regulation backed by legislation should be introduced to uphold press standards. Much has already been written ( and will continue to be written about this central … Continue reading

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FOI and Datasets: Draft Code of Practice

The Protection of Freedoms Act will amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 so that in the future public authorities will have greater obligations in relation to the release and publication of datasets. The key points of Section 102 of … Continue reading

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Privacy Conference – Call for Papers

The Fifth Northumbria Information Rights Conference will take place on Wednesday 1 May 2013 at the Centre for Life, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.   The theme of the conference will be “Changing notions of privacy”. The aim of the conference is … Continue reading

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RIPA, CHIS and the IPT

A recent legal case about undercover police officers’ activities whilst investigating protest groups, has raised the importance of RIPA forms being completed correctly and care being taken when authorising them. Ten women have launched  a legal action claiming they were … Continue reading

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Nobody cares for me. Signed DC.

Dear Mr xxxxxxxx,  As a registered user of we are legally required under the Data Protection Act 1998 to contact you with the information outlined below. Please note: This is not a marketing communication and does not affect your opt-in/out preferences for marketing emails. What … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between PCC & BCC

The picture that said a thousand suppliers. Fresh from being elected with less than 10% of the electorate in favour of him a recently appointed Police Commissioner writes to all the suppliers to tell them the email addresses of all … Continue reading

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First Magistrates’ Approval of RIPA Surveillance

Gateshead Council MAY HAVE become the first local authority in the country to successfully obtain Magistrates’ approval for covert surveillance under new laws which came into force on 1st November 2012. Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the Protection of … Continue reading

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How not to write a social media statement.

It’s the coming thing – having a social media policy. Cases such as Wetherspoons vs Preece illustrate the value of having one but there’s good ‘uns and inevitably bad ‘uns. A family member recently accepted a job in a ski-ing … Continue reading

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Practically Speaking by FOIMan

Recently I was fortunate enough to be asked to take part in a panel discussion at City University about the Justice Select Committee’s post-legislative scrutiny of FOI. After each of us had said our piece, we got to my favourite … Continue reading

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The Cat came back

Halloween and a postcard dropped through the letterbox. It was from the local vet. The one who earlier this year couldn’t make a diagnosis about our Tiddles and refused to hand over his medical records so we could take a … Continue reading

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