Monthly Archives: March 2015

Is my PD my PD?

Myopic readers will have noticed that the selling of spectacles has migrated to the internet. There are many suppliers who will take your order, make up your glasses and post them to you for a very reasonable price. They don’t … Continue reading

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The @BCS FOI Certificate: A Career Boost

“The course gives you a greater understanding of FOI and EIR, as well as giving you greater confidence in their application. I feel that I can now advise on FOI and EIR with more authority.” GJ, TFL “Excellent course materials … Continue reading

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Section 56 is here! Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is!

Section 56 prevents employers from requiring people to use their subject access rights under the DPA to obtain and then provide certain records, as a condition of employment. It also prevents contracts from requiring certain records as a condition for … Continue reading

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Controlling, Lying and Blocking: Ways for the individual to win the privacy arms race?

This is a version of Marion Oswald’s speech at the launch of the Centre for Law & Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on 24 February 2015. My talk is about controlling, lying and blocking. Could these … Continue reading

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Data Protection, the Law and Social Media: Keeping Your Boat Afloat

  Paul Gibbons writes… Social media have been good for me. Without my FOIMan blog and Twitter feed, I would never have been asked to deliver training for Act Now Training, or indeed offered many of the wonderful opportunities that … Continue reading

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Revised RIPA Policy and Procedures Toolkit (2015)

The local authority surveillance regime((under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, (RIPA)) has seen a number of developments in the past few years. These include: Since 1st November 2012, whenever exercising any powers under RIPA (doing Directed Surveillance, deploying … Continue reading

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Open the Floodgates! Water Companies Subject to EIR

On 23rd February 2015, the Upper Tribunal ruled that water companies are subject to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). In Fish Legal v Information Commissioner and others [2015] UKUT 0052 (AAC) the Tribunal, applying the previous ruling of the … Continue reading

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CCTV Surveillance: Getting It Right

Steve Morris writes… “I keep six honest serving men, they taught me all I know, their names are what, why, when, how, where and who…” “I know a person small, she keeps ten million serving-men who get no rest at … Continue reading

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