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Public Health Funerals, Heir Hunters and Freedom of Information

  Local authorities are seeing a substantial increase in the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from heir tracing companies for information about those who have had public health funerals. Recent appeal decisions from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) … Continue reading

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Monitoring Staff Use of Social Networks: The Human Rights Implications

According to a recent FOI request made by BBC Radio 5 live, last year there was a rise in the number of UK council staff suspended after being accused of breaking social media rules. Many employers, both in the public … Continue reading

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Data Breach Notification and the New EU Data Protection Regulation

  The new EU General Data Protection Regulation contains an obligation on Data Controllers to notify supervisory authorities of personal data breaches. In some cases this extends to the Data Subjects as well. Article 4 of the Regulation defines a … Continue reading

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New EU Data Protection Regulation. Are you ready for the biggest change to data protection in 20 years?

The text of the new EU Data Protection Regulation has now been finalised. But we’re not quite at the finish line yet. You can even choose whether you think the finish line is when the Regulation gets its rubber-stamped approval … Continue reading

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2015. If it were a … Continue reading

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The New EU Data Protection Regulation: Key Points

The future of Data Protection throughout the EU has now been decided. The text of the new EU Data Protection Regulation has been finalised. This will be formally adopted by the European Parliament and Council at the beginning of 2016. … Continue reading

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We don’t hold your data! (well… not for long anyway).

                Dear Sir or Madam: I recently received a mailing from you. I’d like you to send me a copy of the personal data you hold on me. I am particularly interested in … Continue reading

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