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Information, Documents or Both – What is available under FOI?

It is an oft-repeated phrase that the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) provides a right of access to information but not documents. A recent Court of Appeal decision shows that it is not that straightforward an issue. Section 1 contains … Continue reading

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RIPA and Communications Data: 2014 Annual Report

    Local authorities have powers, under Part I Chapter 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000(RIPA), to acquire communications data from Communications Service Providers (CSPs). The definition of “communications data” includes information relating to the use of … Continue reading

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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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