Category Archives: ICO

GDPR is here to stay but what happens next?

It’s official. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is here to stay; well beyond April 2019 when the UK is likely to finally leave the European Union. On 24th October 2016, the Secretary of State Karen Bradley MP used her … Continue reading

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DPO or not to DPO: The Data Protection Officer under GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is nearly upon us and one of the elements is the requirement for certain organisations to have a Data Protection Officer. This throws up some interesting issues. A qualified, experienced data protection officer is … Continue reading

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GDPR: The Data Protection Principles (but not as you know them Jim!)

Having recently attended the Information Commissioner’s Office Data Protection Practitioners Conference in Manchester, I should start this blog post by echoing the words of our outgoing Commissioner, Christopher Graham, that the Regulation text is not the final version until later … Continue reading

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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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I Don’t Believe It! Fees for FOI Tribunal Appeals

Just when you thought FOI was safe (“Oh no we didn’t! Not after that Cabinet Office packed the new FOI Commission with people who don’t particularly care about FOI”, I hear you say), The Ministry of Justice has announced a … 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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The ICO and Seven Shades of Grey

If you’ve nothing to do at lunchtime and you’re an experienced DP person try the ICO quiz on the difference between Data Controllers and Data Processors. You can find it here. After all it’s not a hard quiz. Data Controllers … Continue reading

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