Monthly Archives: May 2020

The NHS COVID 19 Contact Tracing App: Part 3 The Human Rights Angle

Everyone will agree that the government needs to do everything it can to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus and to “save lives” (except if your name is Dominic Cummings -Ed). However, there is much less consensus about the … Continue reading

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The NHS COVID 19 Contact Tracing App Part 2: The Data Protection Impact Assessment

Yesterday the Prime Minister said England will have a “world-beating” Covid 19 contact tracing system from June. Part of this system is the introduction of the NHS contact tracing app (“the Covid App”) which is currently being trialled on the Isle … Continue reading

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Act Now Expands its Cyber Security Team

Cyber security is one of the Information Commissioner’s regulatory priorities; not surprising when you consider the Notices of Intent (to fine) issued by the ICO on British Airways and Marriott International. Recently we learnt that two companies involved in building emergency coronavirus hospitals have been … Continue reading

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The NHS COVID 19 Contact Tracing App: Part 1

This is the first in a series of four blog posts, in which Susan Wolf and Lynn Wyeth, take a closer look at the government’s proposed NHS COVID 19 contact tracing app (COVID App) from different perspectives. On 12 April 2020, the UK Government announced that NHSX, a unit of … Continue reading

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The Public Interest Test under EIR and FOI: Weighting the Arguments

A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI), provides a useful reminder of what a public authority needs to do when applying the public interest test. FOI practitioners will be familiar with conducting … Continue reading

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First Prosecution For Deleting Files under S.77 FOI

Section 77 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) makes it a criminal offence for a person to do anything with the intention of preventing the disclosure of information pursuant to an FOI request. This offence is often briefly … Continue reading

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Act Now Launches Revised Foundation Certificate in Information Governance

Act Now Training is proud to announce the launch of its revised Foundation Certificate in Information Governance. This qualification is designed for information management professionals who need a foundation in the basics of information rights law and information governance. It is a fully online and interactive course designed by … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus and Information Sharing: What are “vital interests” under GDPR?

During the current coronavirus pandemic, the health and social care sector as well as the emergency services are all providing an amazing service to those who are in need of urgent medical treatment. This will almost always require the sharing of personal data between organisations. Even during a pandemic, it is important to note that GDPR still … Continue reading

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