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Managing Vexatious Requests
Thursday 18th November, 12.00pm-1.00pm
In this session, our chair, Lynn Wyeth, Head of Information Governance and DPO and Leicester City Council is joined by expert practitioners Paul Mutch from the Scottish Information Commissioner and Sarah Laws of London Borough of Camden. Together they provide clarity on the type of cases that are vexatious and provide recommendations on when, where and how to use this exemption.
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The DPR Clinic
Wednesday 3rd November, 12.00pm-1.00pm
In our first clinic session, our expert practitioners Lynn Wyeth, Scott Sammons and Sarah Laws will look to tackle some of the common tricky issues around managing Data Protection Requests - from identification to correct handling of exemptions.
Requester Blind - Principle and Practice
Tuesday 14th September, 11am - Midday
Using examples from real-world cases they’ve worked on, our expert panel will look at the Requester Blind principle and how to interpret and apply it. This will include when and why it’s important to take account history into account, managing vexatious requests with Requester Blind in mind, and the crossover with Data protection.
The session will be chaired by Lynn Wyeth, Head of Information Governance and DPO at Leicester City Council. Lynn will be joined by Sarah Laws, Information Rights Team Leader at London Borough of Camden and Lauri Almond, Information Governance Manager at Essex County Council.
Remodelling Request Management - North Lincolnshire Council's route to success
Charlotte Spencer, Senior Information Governance Officer at North Lincolnshire Council discusses how their Information Governance team, transformed their request management performance massively improving their compliance to over 90% in under 6 months whilst saving time, adding value and simplifying processes.
In the session, Charlotte will share the issues and challenges they faced, how they overcame them and how, with the support of the eCase team, they were able to manage the transition and deliver meaningful results.
Using examples from real-world cases, our expert panel will examine what Environmental Information is, how to recognise EIRs, handling mixed requests, the complexities encountered with managing EIRs and how to tackle them.
The session will be chaired by Lynn Wyeth, Head of Information Governance and DPO at Leicester City Council and include Andrew White, Head of FOI Casework and Appeals at the Information Commissioner's Office and Matt Lewin, Barrister at Cornerstone Barristers.
Manifestly Unfounded / Manifestly Excessive
Tuesday 5th October, Midday - 1pm
With real-life case examples, our expert panel will examine what Manifestly Unfounded / Manifestly excessive means for DPRs, how and when to apply the exemption and how it has been successfully and unsuccessfully applied previously,
The session will be chaired by eCase's Richard Clarke and include expert panellists from the Information Commissioner's Office, Cornerstone Barristers and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The State of FOI in Local Government
Thursday 14th October, Midday - 12:30pm
Following eCase's exclusive research report on the state of FOI in local government, inspired by Lynn Wyeth's doctoral research, we will examine the findings, the hallmarks of success and how to get there.
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Dealing with Complex SARs - Practical tips for better management
Complex SARs, by their very nature, are difficult and time consuming to deal with. The considerations that need to be made for this type of SAR are also, often, far reaching. This webinar looks at the common types of complex SARs, the issues encountered when dealing with them and the practical steps that you can take to mitigate these issues and improve processing and management.
Lynn Wyeth, Barry Moult and Estelle Dehon lend their knowledge, experience and advice on how to handle these requests better.
A Recipe for Success in FOI
What are the essential elements needed for success? What are the problems and what are the common stumbling blocks faced by FOI teams? These are just some of the questions that Lynn Wyeth, Head of Information Governance and DPO at Leicester City Council, asked in her extensive study of Local Government in England as part of her PhD thesis.
Through her work Lynn identified not just the elements, but also the practices that set FOI teams up for success - findings that will resonate for FOI teams across the public sector. Lynn shares her findings and identifies what FOI teams need to put in place to ensure timely, efficient and successful request management.
Transparency - the key to democracy
Bill Goodwin, Investigations Editor at Computer Weekly, gives a journalist's view of FOI and why it is such an important tool for holding Governments to account. Bill details cases that have been involved in challenges to the FOI Act itself and those that reinforced the importance of FOI as a force for good.
He will also discuss the challenges faced by journalists when making an FOI request and why upholding the right to know is pivotal to our democracy.
Learnings and Successes - UKRI's IG Transformation Journey
When UKRI were formed, bringing together seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England, they had the challenge of merging the practises and processes and sometimes the tools of nine different Information Governance teams into one cohesive way of working. Join David Hyett, Head of Information Governance at UKRI as he shares UKRI’s IG transformation experience and what the learnt along the way: from merging nine different organisations, to harnessing the right tools, identifying and delivering process improvements, dealing with the challenges he and his team faced and how they delivered a successful outcome.
Best Practice for Information Rights
Customer Success Manager and Best Practice expert Lucie Fabbro shares best practice tips for that can help your team improve efficiency and performance even if you aren't an eCase user.
Is FOI an endangered species?
With FOI response rates at their lowest levels since the Act came into force, the emergence of ‘the Clearing House’ and January's Tribunal concerning territorial limitations, concern for the Act and transparency has grown.
But what is the true state of FOI in 2021? Hear from FOI experts Estelle Dehon, Jon Baines, Maurice Frankel OBE and William Goodwin in our panel session, and decide for yourself.
The Evolution of Data Protection
The events of the last year have presented new challenges for all of us. Our relationship with data, our need for it and how we use it has changed. This has brought Data Protection further into the spotlight with new approaches requiring DPOs to answer new questions in ways they couldn’t have envisaged a year ago. But what have the key challenges been? What are the effects and what lies ahead?
Get the perspectives of Data Protection experts Jon Baines, Barry Moult and David Hyett in our webinar panel session discussing these issues and how to combat them..
Read our Guest Blogs on FOI
Requester Blind - Principles and practicalities
Lynn Wyeth discusses the Requester blind principle and some of the issues and nuances that often make it trickier to deliver the right response than it might seem at first.
A Recipe for Success in FOI
Lynn Wyeth shares the results of her extensive research on FOI in Local Government and the key components required to ensure successful FOI management
Learnings and Successes
David Hyett discusses UKRI's transformation of FOI and SAR processes, what they learned along the way and the benefits.
Transparency and Democracy
Bill Goodwin takes a look at some of the challenges the FOI Act is facing. Looking through the lens of the 'requester blind' principle, he discusses why these principles are so important to maintaining transparency, surfacing important truths and, in turn, democracy itself.
Where is FOI Going?
Jon Baines explores the fall in FOI response rates, how the act is currently regulated, and what this could mean for the future.
Questioning the Fundamentals of FOIA
In her two part blog series, Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers discusses 'requester blindness', part of the bedrock of the FOIA, what the implications of the 'Territoriality' question could have meant for public authorities, the appeals and issues raised in the Tribunal and what the decision on 27th January 2021 means for FOI and its preservation.
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