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PDP - FOI News Update - 1 August 2018

Action urged over Whitehall FOI failings
 
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  Issue: 01/08/2018

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Action urged over Whitehall FOI failings
Major government departments are continuing to demonstrate persistent delays and unhelpfulness in their responses to information requests, according to research conducted by the BBC. The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Cabinet Office have been frequently criticised by the Information Commissioner for their inadequate handling of FOI applications, with the Home Office having a particularly poor record. Maurice Frankel, leader of the Campaign for FOI, said the ICO should take "stronger action" as a result of the BBC findings. He said: "Departments have discovered that they can repeatedly ignore the regulator - and nothing happens. The solution is in the commissioner's hands. She should promptly serve chronic offenders with enforcement notices and threaten court action if they fail to comply. She should also report the problem to Parliament and encourage a select committee to ask ministers in front of the TV cameras why they are treating the public's right to know with contempt." 
FOI law being used to break the system in Scotland
Freedom of information legislation has been used to try to "delegitimise" the SNP government and "break" the system, according to ministerial advisers in Scotland. The civil servants' claims emerged as part of the Scottish Information Commissioner's review into the government's FOI handling, although the claims never made it into the SIC's final report. Maurice Golden, a Conservative MSP and the party's chief whip, said: "This tells you everything you need to know about the SNP's attitude to legally-binding FOI laws. It's a shocking point of view, and one the SNP government must seek to change as a matter of urgency."   
Irish businessman promises to open up
Entrepreneur and prospective presidential candidate Gavin Duffy has pledged to back greater financial transparency for the Office of the President if he wins a nomination to enter the upcoming election. Freedom of information legislation currently does not extend to the Office of the President. Mr Duffy told The Times that the President's use of public money should be open to the same scrutiny as other public bodies. He acknowledged that the government would need to change the law but said he would support such a change if he were to become president. "I don't see why the Áras should be ringfenced from the rest of the Oireachtas," he said.   

Embarrassment "not grounds for rejecting FOI requests" in States of Jersey

Freedom of information requests will not be rejected to "avoid embarrassment", the States of Jersey's Communications Director has said after a 47-page report indicated that submissions that were "reputation-critical" should be approved by the States before being processed. An audit of communications protocols, which was released following an FOI request, laid out 60 actions points including one that said: "Communications should have a formal role in approving sensitive/reputation-critical FOIs, and a revised process should be put in place to provide for this." However, Communications Director Stephen Hardwick has denied that this is now policy, saying that the report was written in November, and that that particular action point had since been scrapped.
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Estelle Dehon, Cornerstone Barristers
Estelle Dehon
Cornerstone Barristers
Since the Freedom of Information Act 2000 came fully into force in 2005 we have experienced a fundamental change in the relationship between UK government and its citizens as government information has become more publicly accessible. Greater transparency is also a key policy of the Coalition Government, and in light of the deficit reduction programme there is an ever increasing public interest in how public money is spent. This has led to the publication of a wide range of public sector datasets and proposals to expand the Freedom of Information Act through the Protection of Freedoms Bill. Information Officers are central to these developments and need to be fully aware of the Act and the impact of future changes to it.This training session is designed to help those who are on the receiving end of requests for information and those who advise and assist them.This training course can be used as credit towards gaining the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information.Upcoming dates for this training course are:
  • Belfast           Monday, 24th September 2018
  • Manchester   Tuesday, 16th October 2018
For further information and to make a booking,
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FOI Practical Training - Level 2 (Applying the Exemptions)
Liz Fitzsimons, Eversheds
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Public sector bodies must make daily decisions on how to respond to requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and how to apply the exemptions in the Act. Those decisions are increasingly reviewed and, in many cases, overturned by the Information Commissioner, the Information Tribunal and the Courts. As case law develops and changes, public authorities need to ensure that they understand when the exemptions can be applied, and what they have to demonstrate to apply them correctly.This training session considers in detail the practical application of the main FOI exemptions.A discount is available for delegates booking both FOI Level 1 and FOI Level 2.This training course can be used as credit towards gaining the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information.Upcoming dates for this training course are:
  • Belfast           Tuesday, 25th September 2018
  • Manchester    Wednesday, 17th October 2018
For further information and to make a booking,
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John Wilson, Mosaic
Organisations face increasing pressure to manage their records according to statutory and business requirements. As the use of electronic records and the deployment of electronic document and records management systems continue to increase, the core skills of the person responsible for records management become ever more important to the organisation. In many cases, appropriate data protection and FOI compliance will depend upon a good records management system.This invaluable training session, led by John Wilson, examines core concepts of good records management practice.Records Management 1 is an introductory level session that provides delegates with a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of records management, including:
  • introduction - basic concepts
  • records management tools
  • records lifecycle approach
  • designing a file plan
  • records destruction
  • legal framework / compliance
  • management of electronic records and email 
Upcoming dates for this training course are:
  • London           Tuesday, 17th July 2018
  • Manchester    Wednesday, 5th September 2018
  • Edinburgh      Thursday, 4th October 2018
For further information and to make a booking,
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  2. Telephone PDP at +44 (0)207 014 3399
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This course examines how to implement good records management practice. Led by John Wilson, Records Management 2 is an intermediate level session that provides a grounding in the fundamentals of records management, including:
  • introduction - initiating a records management project
  • records audit
  • process mapping
  • building a business classification scheme
  • measuring performance
  • EDRMS
  • sustaining a records management programme
Delegates are encouraged to share their own experiences at the session. The day will be a mixture of presentation and practical exercises. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions.Upcoming dates for this training course are:
  • London           Wednesday, 18th July 2018
  • Manchester    Thursday, 6th September 2018
  • Edinburgh       Friday, 5th October 2018
A discount is available for delegates attending both the Level 1 and Level 2 sessions, as well as for multiple delegates attending from the same organisation.
For further information and to make a booking,
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"A very worthwhile qualification which I wholeheartedly recommend to colleagues"
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The Environment Agency
"I am so pleased to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in FOI. The 4 day course was excellent and I am now confident in my role as FOI Officer for Social Services. The course has helped me develop my skills and knowledge of FOI/EIR and DP and I would encourage anyone working in this area to attend."
Rachael Strand
Flintshire County Council
"The Practitioner Certificate in FOI was an excellent opportunity to receive specialised training and gain a recognised qualification. In particular, I found the instructors to be both knowledgeable and engaging. As a regulator in an overseas territory, I was easily able to translate the learning into practice. I have and do encourage other FOI practitioners to take advantage of this training programme."
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Information Commissioner's Office (Grand Cayman)
"I am delighted to have passed my examination, achieving this qualification and attending the courses have been a very positive experience which have boosted my confidence and enthusiasm for this subject. I found the courses very informative and the course handout binders are an excellent reference tool which is very relevant to the workplace."
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Durham County Council
"I'm delighted to have passed the exam; it was hard work preparing for an exam, having not sat one for over 10 years, but the course materials really helped structure my revision. Passing has increased my confidence in dealing with the Act which will be of benefit to myself as well as my organisation."
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"I found this to be a comprehensive course, which was well structured to be relevant and of interest to everyone from FOI beginners to more seasoned practitioners. The course tutors were very knowledgeable and clearly very interested in their respective topic areas, and the course was similarly detailed and well-taught."
Mark Reynolds
Barclays
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Big Lottery Fund
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Kim Starbuck
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham "Both the thought provoking training and materials as well as passing the exam will help to ensure we provide a prompt quality service when dealing with information requests particularly as those involving planning can raise complex issues"
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The Department for Communities and Local Government 
 
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New care record guide to support patient safety and better care

New care record guide to support patient safety and better care

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has published its revised standards for the structure and content of health and care records to support digital information sharing among professionals and help people access better, safer care.

The “PRSB Standards for the Structure and Content of Health and Care Records” are an essential resource that describes the standardised information that should be gathered and shared in care records, which can then be exchanged digitally across the NHS and social care, whenever and wherever they are needed. The publication contains the structure and descriptions for the content of health and care records.

PRSB has revised and aligned its standards to support the digital exchange of health and care records and communications between different systems, using Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). When combined, standardised care records and FHIR technology will allow information to flow directly from one IT system to another helping people to access safe, high quality, timely and efficient care. The work forms part of the drive within health and social care to improve the use of information and technology. This will give patients more control over their health and well-being, empower carers by ensuring they have access to information, reduce administrative burden for care professionals and support research and the development of new medicines and treatments. INTEROPen has published the first FHIR profiles, which will support the transfer of information between different systems.

Publication of the 2018 “PRSB Standards for the Structure and Content of Health and Care Records” replaces the 2013 “Standards for the Clinical Structure and Content of Patient Records”. The PRSB standards have been updated to reflect current professional practice and incorporate new or changed structured content resulting from the development of detailed transfer of care standards. They have been developed with input from thousands of professionals from all health and social care specialties, carers and people who access services. They agreed what information is essential to share in order to provide timely, high-quality care efficiently that is well-coordinated and meets an individual’s needs.

This is the first major release since 2013 and PRSB has produced guidance, FAQs and other materials to help organisations and system suppliers replace previous versions of the standards in their information systems.

Professor Maureen Baker CBE, chair of the PRSB, said: “We now have the key ingredients that health and care services need to join up information anywhere, at any time in the system. With the publication of the PRSB revised standards aligned to FHIR technology we are now poised to deliver truly shared care records and reap the benefits of safer, better, more efficient care.” The standard has been published by the PRSB in collaboration with NHS Digital and the Royal College of Physicians Health Informatics Unit.

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PDP - Compliance News Updates - 24 July 2018

UK regulator receives record number of breach notifications
 
 
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UK regulator receives record number of breach notifications
The ICO has published its Annual Report, showing some of the early effects of the GDPR. The number of self-reported data breaches increased by 29% from 2,447 last year to 3,156 this year. In June, the ICO received 1,700 notifications which was a sharp increase compared with previous levels (around 360-390 breach notifications per month). Last year also saw the regulator issue the largest number and amount of civil monetary penalties in the Office's history. This included 26 penalties totalling £3.28 million for breaches of electronic marketing laws relating to nuisance calls and spam text messages, eleven fines totalling £1.29 million for serious security failures under the Data Protection Act 1998, 11 fines to charities totalling £138,000 for unlawfully processing personal data and an £80,000 fine issued to a data broking organisation.   

Japan gets adequacy status

The European Union and Japan have successfully concluded negotiations on a reciprocal finding of an adequate level of data protection. The agreement will allow personal data to flow safely between the EU and Japan, without being subject to any further safeguards or authorisations. This is the first time that the EU and a third country have agreed on a reciprocal recognition of the adequate level of data protection. So far, the EU has adopted only unilateral adequacy decisions with 11 other countries: Andorra, Argentina, Canada (organisations subject to PIPEDA only), the Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Israel, the Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, Switzerland and Uruguay.    

Inquiry into child sexual abuse fined £200,000 in UK

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse. The Inquiry was set up in 2014 to investigate the extent to which institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse. In February 2017, an IICSA staff member sent a blind carbon copy email to 90 Inquiry participants telling them about a public hearing. After noticing an error in the email, a correction was sent but email addresses were entered into the 'to' field, instead of the 'bcc' field by mistake. This allowed the recipients to see each other's email addresses, identifying them as possible victims of child sexual abuse. 52 of the email addresses contained the full names of the participants or had a full name label attached.         

Singer's privacy ruling could restrict reporting of police investigations

Resolving a dispute between Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC, the UK High Court has ruled that "as a matter of general principle, a suspect has a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to a police investigation". As a result of the ruling, the media will only be able to identify the individual in question if it can show that, on the facts of the case, its rights of freedom of expression and the public's right to know outweighs the privacy rights of the individual concerned. The finding has major implications for journalists, who will now need to consider carefully whether they can report information which comes into their hands, for example from anonymous sources, even where they have been able to confirm the accuracy of that information.     

Browser setting rules could be dropped from new e-Privacy Regulation

Plans to compel web browser providers to ask users to set their privacy preferences could be scrapped, according to proposals under consideration by EU lawmakers. The European Commission had set out plans to require web browsers, and other providers of software that permit electronic communications, to inform users of their options to "prevent third parties from storing information on the terminal equipment of an end-user or processing information already stored on that equipment", and to require those users to select a particular privacy setting at the point of installation. However, the Austrian presidency of the Council of Ministers has now proposed to remove those provisions from the new e-Privacy Regulation that is being developed. The Austrian presidency said the original proposals had "raised a lot of concerns" related to "the burden for browsers and apps, the competition aspect, the link to fines for non-compliance but also the impact on end-users and the ability of this provision to address e.g. the issue of consent fatigue", it said.          

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How the ICO will exercise its New Powers
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  This year, the conference is dedicated to reviewing the practical implications of the General Data Protection Regulation, and to help organisations ensure they are compliant.
 
16th Annual Data Protection Compliance Conference

  
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Naomi Vann 
Outsourcing - Overcoming the GDPR Challenges         
 
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Commencing and maintaining relationships with service providers has become more challenging under the GDPR. This talk looks at the increased need for due diligence before engaging a provider, the changes to contracts that are needed under Article 28 GDPR, the complexities that arise when a provider can be a controller for some activities and a processor for others, and the practical issues that must be considered in relation to sub-processors. Naomi describes her experience of handling the changes required to her organisation's relationship with hundreds of processors as a result of the enhanced GDPR requirements.
 

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Our professional and practical Training Courses enable delegates to understand the legal requirements in key areas of information and data protection compliance. Courses run throughout the year around the United Kingdom.
 
Here is a selection of courses taking place shortly:
Damien Welfare_ Cornerstonoe Barristers
Damien Welfare
Cornerstone Barristers
The Data Protection Act 2018 makes key changes to data protection law in the United Kingdom. It supplements the GDPR, and the two have to be read together to have a complete picture of the UK position. It adds to the "lawful bases" on which special category data may be processed, sets out the extensive exemptions to the GDPR which apply in the UK, defines the scope of much processing in the public sector, and applies rules based on those in the GDPR to processing for activities which fall outside EU competence. This course focuses on assisting those working in mainstream data protection compliance (in both the private and public sectors) to understand the DPA 2018's implications from a practical perspective, including:
  • modifications to key definitions contained in the GDPR, and their significance
  • the lawful bases  for processing special category personal data in the UK - when and how they will apply, and how controllers can take advantage of them
  • exemptions from the GDPR in the UK
  • the age of consent of children to processing for internet society services
  • how provisions based on the GDPR are applied by the Act to activities outside EU competence
  • the conditions for processing personal data on criminal matters
  • modifications to the rights of individuals
  • public interest processing - scope and applicability
  • restrictions on the applicability of certain aspects of the GDPR in the UK
  • enhanced powers of the Information Commissioner, including entry and inspection, and the new enforcement regime
It is recommended that delegates attending this session have at least a basic knowledge of current data protection legal requirements under the GDPR. Delegates with no existing knowledge may find it helpful to attend Data Protection Essential Knowledge Level 1 before attending this training course.The course is next taking place on the following dates (further dates available online):
  • London           Monday, 1st October 2018
  • Manchester    Monday, 12th November 2018
For further information and to make a booking,
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  2. Telephone PDP at +44 (0)207 014 3399
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Accountability - How to Comply with the GDPR's Requirements
Jenai Nissim_ TLT
Jenai Nissim
TLT
For the first time in data protection law, the GDPR introduces the requirement of "accountability". In basic terms, accountability means that organisations are not only be required to comply with data protection requirements, but also that they must demonstrate that they comply.Demonstrating compliance consists of several elements, including preparing policies, monitoring compliance with internal policies and procedures, amending job roles and updating customer facing documentation such as websites and offline forms.This highly practical sessions looks at the detail of what accountability requires, and provides delegates with all the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve compliance in their organisations.It is recommended that delegates attending this session have a basic knowledge of current data protection legal requirements. Delegates with no existing knowledge may find it helpful to attend Data Protection Essential Knowledge Level 1 before attending this training course.The course is taking place on the following dates:
  • Brussels         Friday, 14th September 2018
  • Manchester    Friday, 28th September 2018
  • Isle of Man     Monday, 15th October 2018
For further information and to make a booking,
  1. Visit PDP's website 
  2. Telephone PDP at +44 (0)207 014 3399
  3. Download the PDF Training Catalogue 
 
Estelle Dehon_ Cornerstone Barristers
Estelle Dehon
Cornerstone Barristers
This course is an introductory level course for all those that are new to data protection and the GDPR, or those that require a refresher on the fundamental concepts. It is designed for people who work with, or will work with, data protection issues on a regular basis.This invaluable and practical training session examines core concepts of practical data protection compliance.This course can be used as credit towards the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.The upcoming available dates for this course are (further dates available online):
  • Belfast     Monday, 10th September 2018
  • London    Monday, 17th September 2018
  • Bristol      Monday, 22nd October 2018 
For further information and to make a booking,
  1. Visit PDP's website 
  2. Telephone PDP at +44 (0)207 014 3399
  3. Download the PDF Training Catalogue
     
This practical training session is designed for those that work in the field of data protection. The Level 1 and Level 2 courses taken together constitute a complete training package on the fundamentals of data protection. This session provides a thorough grounding in the important aspects of data protection practice.The Level 2 course is designed as a natural progression from Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1, although attending Data Protection Essential Knowledge - Level 1 is not a pre-requisite to attending the Level 2 unless you are a complete beginner to data protection.Attendance on this course can be used as credit towards the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.The upcoming available dates for this course are (further dates available online):
  • Belfast     Tuesday, 11th September 2018
  • London    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
  • Bristol      Tuesday, 23rd October 2018
For further information and to make a booking,
  1. Visit PDP's website 
  2. Telephone PDP at +44 (0)207 014 3399
  3. Download the PDF Training Catalogue

Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection - GDPR Conversion Programme
Ensure you are have the knowledge to practically implement the GDPR in your organisation.  
 
The Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection is the practical qualification which can be taken either on an intensive, flexible or distance-learning basis.
 
"I am delighted to have achieved this qualification. The Certificate sets a recognised standard for data protection professionals and it has provided me with the knowledge and confidence of data protection requirements, especially in light of the new Regulation." 
Joanne Maurizi 
MutualOne 
 
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This course focuses on assisting those working in mainstream data protection compliance (in both the private and public sectors) to understand the DPA 2018's implications from a practical perspective. 
   

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The online self-study Programme for candidates who gained their qualification prior to 2018 to upgrade their qualification for the GDPR era.

"I'm delighted to have passed the GDPR Conversion Programme Examination. The Programme was both enjoyable and challenging, providing an in depth look at the changes GDPR brings and how to apply these in practice.  I am now confident that my knowledge of Data Protection Law remains up to date and comfortable that I can apply the new regulations in practice in my day to day role."
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"The course content was informative and well presented, with very knowledgeable trainers. The exam was challenging, so I feel a real sense of achievement in having gained this qualification."   Caroline Chalk
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Civil Aviation Authority
"I found the course to be thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening in a number of areas. I have managed to apply the knowledge gained through the course already in my day to day role."
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IBM
"The qualification strikes the right balance of interpreting important and complicated legislation and imparting this to students with a well structured course, underpinned with simple to understand information and then a vigorous examination. Organisations should feel assured by any of its staff undertaking and passing this qualification that their information is being managed and shared securely."
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Records Service Manager
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
"I am very pleased to have followed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection course and passed the examination. This will be of great benefit to my employer, as it demonstrates the value we place on this complex area of ethics and compliance."
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"The course which was delivered by experts in the field of Privacy and Data Protection Law was very enjoyable and engaging. The examination was based on applying legislation and knowledge to practical cases rather than a test of how much information you could remember. I am delighted that I passed the exam and to have a qualification that is very much respected, as well as letters after my name! I recommend both the course and the examination for anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of Data Protection Law."
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Investigator
Pearson Education
"I am delighted to have achieved this qualification. The Certificate sets a recognised standard for data protection professionals and it has provided me with the knowledge and confidence of data protection requirements, especially in light of the impending new Regulation."
Joanne Maurizi
Assistant Manager
mutualone
"Synectics Solutions recognises that compliance with data protection regulation is critical to all organisations that handle personal information. It has never had a greater focus than at the present time. Having looked at the training and professional qualifications available, we concluded that the PDP certification was the most appropriate for our business. The course was delivered by legal experts in the field. They were able to bring the events to life with real-life scenarios and case studies."
Steve Sands
Head of Security
Synectics Solutions
 
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