Tag Archives: DPA

Supreme Court Rules on the Legality of Sharing Personal Data with the United States

Could a recent Supreme Court decision on information sharing lead to “terrorists” escaping justice?  Part 3 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) regulates the processing of personal data for law enforcement purposes by Competent Authorities which includes, amongst others, … Continue reading

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A Matter of Priorities: FOI and DP Deadlines in a Pandemic

Responding to the Covid-19 pandemic is stretching our public services. Most obviously the NHS is diverting all the resources it can to meeting critical health needs. But local authorities are also struggling to maintain vital services in the face of … Continue reading

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The Data Protection Act 2018 – Pre and Post Brexit

The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) came into force on 25th May 2018, alongside the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Much has been written about it, both right and wrong. The purpose of the DPA 2018 is nicely summarised by the … 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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Information Governance in Health & Social Care Conference

Act Now is pleased to announce that it will be holding a major conference in the new year on the 24th of March entitled ‘Health Now – Information Governance in Health and Social Care – Where are we now?’ Speakers from the ICO, … Continue reading

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Definition of Personal Data: Durant Revisited

December 2013 marked the 10-year anniversary of one of Data Protection’s most notorious developments, but it came and went without any great fanfare. It’s not really surprising that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)  didn’t issue a press release celebrating the … Continue reading

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The Communications Data Bill: What Councils Need to Know

The Draft Communications Data Bill was laid before Parliament on 14th June 2012. The Bill provides an updated framework for ensuring the availability of communications data and its obtaining by public authorities. It will replace the communications data provisions within … Continue reading

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To RIPA or Not To RIPA: Changes to Council Surveillance Powers

The days of local authorities being able to use surveillance powers to tackle dog fouling and littering offences will soon be over. From 1st November 2012, local authorities will face severe restrictions upon the grounds for which they can authorise … Continue reading

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Sort of Fair Processing Notice

Walking through Huddersfield the other day I caught this interesting example of a fair processing notice. It was a bus shelter. The actual notice was well above the normal range of vision. (Which reminds me of an old joke. What … Continue reading

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New Data Sharing Laws: Too Far, Too Fast?

According a story in the Guardian newspaper last week, proposals to be published in May by the Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, are expected to make it easier for government and public-sector organisations to share confidential information supplied by the … Continue reading

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