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Don’t Expect ICO to argue your case

When applying to the Information Commissioner under s50 FOIA to overturn a refusal by a public authority it is important to marshal all your arguments and understand what is available to you. This was illustrated in a decision in September … Continue reading

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Does Alan Duncan MP read his printed emails?

One must assume that Alan Duncan does read his emails but we have recently learned that he does tend to print them out. This possibly reprehensible exercise has led Mr. Duncan to introduce a Private Member’s Bill to outlaw the … Continue reading

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Defamation, Data Protection and Journalism

It has for some time been recognised that, with changes to the law of defamation, there might be increasing use of an alternative cause of action under section 13 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”). This is not perhaps … Continue reading

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The curious case of charging for environmental information

In the ICO’s guidance, , on “Charging for Environmental Information (Reg8) updated (version 1.3) in June 2014 he concedes, based on East Sussex County Council v Information Commissioner and Property Search Group (EA/2013/0037), , – see paragraph 17 … Continue reading

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Images as Personal data

One of the less obvious consequences of the Ryneš decision which I discussed in a recent post is what it says about the nature of images. At paragraphs 21-22 of the judgement: The term ‘personal data’ …  covers, according to the definition … Continue reading

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Video Surveillance and the domestic purposes exemption

The recent EU case of Ryneš ( ) raises some interesting issues for users of CCTV systems on domestic premises. The decision of the court is quite clear. If the CCTV is set up so as to also record people … Continue reading

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The Local Safeguarding Children Board as Data Controller

What is a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)? It is a statutory body which local authorities responsible for children’s social services are required to set up under s13 Children Act 2004. Each local authority in England must establish a Local … Continue reading

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A consistent line

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today published its draft Code of Practice on Subject Access Requests  (SAR) for consultation. There is nothing in the draft code which will cause major surprise. It is largely a rehashing, and minor expansion … Continue reading

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E-Crime Wales

E-Crime Wales provides a useful set of resources including a free to download  “Preventing E-Crime for dummies” which in around 112 pages covers a number of topics such as : Defending your IT Network A Dozen Best Security Practices Ten Tips … Continue reading

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In a recent Information Tribunal decision, Mathieson v Information Commissioner and Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall, the First Tier Tribunal upheld an Information Commissioner decision and declined to order disclosure of the locations of ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) … Continue reading

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