Monthly Archives: March 2014

New Bodies Subject to Scottish FOI (FOISA) on 1st April 2014

On Tuesday (1st April 2014), more bodies in Scotland will be made subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (‘FOISA’).  The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Designation of Persons as Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2013 has been … Continue reading

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Surveillance and the DPA

Roger J Bescoby of the Brownsword Group writes: Brownsword Group is often engaged to undertake covert surveillance on behalf of clients, including public bodies and insurance companies, where, for example, there are allegations of insurance fraud or spurious personal injury … Continue reading

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Veni, Veto, Vici : Court of Appeal FOI Veto Case and its Implications

What effect will the Court of Appeal’s recent decision on the FOI – and EIR – ministerial veto have on another recent case – the vetoing of the decision to require disclosure of the High Speed Rail assessment review? On … Continue reading

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RIPA Part 2 Inspections: Common Criticisms by the OSC

The Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) is responsible for overseeing the use of covert surveillance by designated public authorities by carrying out regular inspections. (Appendix E of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner’s Annual Report (2012-13) lists those whom the OSC inspects … Continue reading

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Act Now Launches NEW Practical Data Protection Qualification

Act Now Training Limited is pleased to announce the launch of the Act Now Data Protection Practitioner Certificate. This is a new qualification for those who work with Data Protection and privacy issues on a day-to-day basis. With an emphasis … Continue reading

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(Probably) The First Group Action For Damages under the Data Protection Act

In December 2013 a group legal action was settled against the London Borough of Islington following breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998. Anna Thwaites, partner at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, and Ruth … Continue reading

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FOI Requests From Heir Hunters

The poor quality of the British daytime television schedule means that one who is off sick or “working” from home, often has a choice between BBC Parliament, School for Stars and Heir Hunters. (Yes dear reader, I have done our … Continue reading

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