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Freedom of Information

NHS Confidentiality Guidance

It may be a source of some confusion that the NHS has five live guidance documents relating to the duty of confidentiality. The original 2003 guidance document is the non-statutory “Confidentiality: NHS Code of Practice” issued by the Department of … Continue reading

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Volunteers and Data Protection

The Information Commissioner recently published a report  following a series of visits to Victims’ Services Alliance Organisations. These are typically charities but the report is also aimed at non-charitable volutary organisations. One issue touched is the question of identifying who … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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