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Do you have control of your data? 6 tips for avoiding a data breach when handling FOIs

Last month, Central Bedfordshire Council referred itself to the ICO. This followed the council’s publication of the personal details of dozens of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pupils as part of an FOI response.
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Data Protection Impact Assessments: Get the latest advice and best practice on managing them in your organisation

To mark 4 years since the introduction of GDPR, our Chair, Sarah Laws of London Borough of Camden, Scott Sammons of Lighthouse IG, Sarah and Sarah Hughes-Jones of The City of Edinburgh Council have teamed up to take an in-depth look at Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs).
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The key upholders of democracy

Transparency is once again back in the spotlight, with increasing calls from across government to increase it. This has been an ongoing theme over the past few years with investigations into the use of personal email and tribunals questioning the function of the ‘requester blind’ principle when it comes to the applicant’s territory.
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Where does channel shift begin and end?

In the Public Sector, channel shift is largely associated with the movement of transactional services to an online format, away from typically mediated channels such as face-to-face, telephone, and email. The main idea behind this is that online ‘self-service’ channels are much cheaper per transaction and are more convenient for users because they are accessible 24/7.
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Creating Efficiencies in Information Rights

If you managed to see last week’s webinar, “Driving Value: Creating Efficiencies in Information Rights”, then you will have benefitted from seeing our best in class methodology for improving the way your Information Rights cases are processed. If you missed this, then there is a second chance to view our recording.
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Navigating Commercial Interests

​Navigating Commercial Interests - A labyrinth of nuance In our webinar, Navigating Commercial Interests on 17th March, we’re going to be exploring section 43, the Commercial Interests exemption for FOI.
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Data Protection Day is Every Day

It’s good that, every year since 2006, on 28th January we celebrate Data Protection day. What’s most important about it is that every year, it spotlights the ever-growing importance of protecting personal data. It gives data protection professionals, and those working in related professions, the chance to raise awareness about the rights to personal data protection and privacy inside their organisations and to the general public. But, in reality, Data Protection day should be every day.
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Information Rights Webinar Series 2021 Roundup

Earlier this month we rounded off what has been a great year for our Information Rights Webinar series. We started 2021 with the aim of providing discussion and best practices around public sector information rights and governance. What followed, and the support we gained from across the community, has really blown us away.
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FOI Smiles

FOI Smiles - A collection of the most ‘fun’, ‘interesting’ and ‘out there’ Freedom of Information Requests
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Data and Trust: How far should data sharing go between public sector bodies?

In a recent interview with The Independent, National Data Guardian, Dr Nicola Byrne, outlined her concern at government plans to force the NHS to share confidential data with police forces across England. The legislation could impose a duty on NHS organisations to share private patient data with police, which Dr Byrne believes could “erode trust and confidence, deter people from sharing information, and even from presenting for clinical care.”
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