Monthly Archives: September 2013

@FOIManUK on Records management – Just Do It!

At the 2012 Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) Conference, Northumbria University academic Julie McLeod asked the audience a simple question. She asked how many of those present worked for an organisation that had articulated a vision for electronic records … Continue reading

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The Law of Employee Surveillance

Decreasing public sector budgets and increasingly affordable technology mean that more and more employers are turning to surveillance to catch errant or work shy employees. But this area is a legal minefield. Mistakes can end up with adverse headlines in … Continue reading

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Data Sharing Consultation – Do we need new laws?

The Law Commission has opened a consultation on the law around sharing of personal information between public sector organisations. Law Commissioner Frances Patterson QC says: “It could be that more data sharing would improve public services but, if that is … Continue reading

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The 2013 Surveillance Commissioner Report – Key Points

The Chief Surveillance Commissioner published his 2013 annual report (covering the period from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013) on 18th July 2013. It is important reading for those public authorities who conduct surveillance under Part 2 of the … Continue reading

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At Last! A Certificated Course for Scottish FOI Practitioners

For years Scottish Freedom of Information practitioners did not have a Scottish FOI qualification that they could study for. Unlike their counterparts in England and Wales, the BCS (formerly ISEB) FOI course is not suitable as it concentrates on the … Continue reading

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