Data Protection Archive


The new Jisc Legal Tutor Checklist and relevant FAQs provide you with key questions and actions to consider before recording lectures.

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This quick reference guide is a checklist of questions for tutors to consider before recording lectures.

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A Council has received a monetary penalty of £70,000 from the ICO after sensitive personal details were inadvertently published online.

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The First Tier Information Rights Tribunal has upheld the decision of the ICO to support Queen Mary, University of London’s refusal to release minutes from a clinical trial requested under Freedom of Information.

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The First Tier Information Rights Tribunal has upheld the decision of the ICO to support Queen Mary, University of London’s refusal to release minutes from a clinical trial requested under Freedom of Information.

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In terms of data protection, consent will be required where a person’s inclusion in the recording reveals significant biographical information about them.

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Where an institution ‘authorises’ recordings by learners, the institution could face potential liability where an individual’s rights are infringed.

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Consent will be required to record and disseminate a ‘performance’ in order to avoid any infringement of the performer’s rights.

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This FAQ considers the data protection issues associated with filming video in a public place.

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Anyone sending an email to Gmail users can have no ‘reasonable expectation’ that their communications are confidential says Google. 

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The ICO has issued a timely reminder for students on the rights they have to access additional information such as the breakdown of their exam marks and examiner comments.

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The ICO has published new guidance to help deal with requests from individuals for their data.

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The ICO wants your views on this practical guide which aims to help organisations conduct effective privacy impact assessments.

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Universities are collecting and analysing big data sets to influence student progress, teaching practices and learner engagement. 

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This FAQ provides information on storing and processing electronic documents including contracts.  

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This Court of Appeal decision clarifies that emails are ‘documents’ for the purposes of access and disclosure in certain circumstances.

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A decision by the Supreme Court provides guidance on how information about staff salaries can be disclosed.

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The ICO had insufficient grounds to justify a monetary penalty notice, rules the Information Tribunal.

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The ICO has fined NHS Surrey £200,000 after sensitive information was left on a computer that was to be disposed of.

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The guidance will highlight cases where security issues led to enforcement action by the ICO and will explain what should have been done differently to keep personal data secure.

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The Director of Public Prosecutions has published final guidelines on when to prosecute offences relating to posts on social networks.

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Scottish Information Commissioner finds that disclosure of itemised expenses would amount to personal data and should not be released. 

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The ICO finds that Google does not provide enough information to enable UK users to understand how their data will be used.

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The websites of thirteen senior MP’s have been found to be using cookies to gather data on users without having obtained consent.

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Helping research and education institutions move to cloud and data centre services through guidance.  

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All documentation relating to the delivery of an ESF project must be kept for a period of three years after the Managing Authority has received final payment.

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This FAQ summarises the legal considerations in providing prospective students or alumni access to the college or university network making reference to relevant guidance from JANET.

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New guidance published by MySociety highlights the risks associated with the unintentional disclosure of sensitive hidden data in spreadsheets. 

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A short video on Pinterest, image sharing and the law.

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New guidance from the ICO on the application of the DPA to social networking for business purposes. 

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Facebook's content policy is under attack for failing to prevent publishing images and other content which is threatening and incites hate. 

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Data protection is likely to be relevant where learners are being filmed in the classroom or where lectures are being recorded. The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) does not prevent filming.

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The Amberhawk Data Protection Audit Training Course is held on 10 July 2013.

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The aim of this session is to give delegates informal opportunities to keep up-to-date with current developments in data protection and to exchange views and experiences with colleagues working in this field.

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The course covers a privacy law compliance check and how that differs from a data protection compliance check.

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The half-day seminar/workshop will focus on the Commission’s Data Protection Regulation.

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This guidance is intended for staff in further education and independent specialist colleges that provide education or training for both adult and younger learners with varying learning needs.

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This question raises an interesting issue regarding ‘access’ overseas and ‘transfer’ overseas but unfortunately the legal position is unclear. Read on to find out more. 

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The Export Control Organisation (ECO) do have rules on what can and cannot be exported to certain countries. This FAQ explores what they have to say on the question of taking encrypted laptops abroad.

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This FAQ considers whether, in terms of the CDPA, consent is required to record student presentations for the purpose of examination. Consideration is also given to the application of consent in relation to performers' rights and to Schedule 2, Rights in Performances.  The implications of data protection legislation are discussed.  

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This session will highlight the new Jisc Legal toolkit developed to aid organisations in legal compliance when opening their systems
to own devices.

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The toolkit will be useful to those colleges and universities that have not yet set out their approach or offered guidance to their staff and students on BYOD.

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This “Bring Your Own Device” policy template is intended to help colleges write an effective policy that states what their approach is to the use of personally owned devices by staff and learners.

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This paper provides a quick reference for managers as to the main legal risks which need to be assessed against your institution’s risk strategy before opening your institution’s ICT system to mobile access by staff and students using their own devices.

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Jisc Legal has published a BYOD toolkit in response to the rise in learners and employees using their personal computing devices (typically smart phones and tablets) in the work and learning environment.

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This paper focuses on the legal issues surrounding student mobile use.

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An English university, according to a BBC news story, sent an individual’s confidential documents to a former student with the same name.

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This paper focuses on the legal issues surrounding staff bringing their own devices.

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The ICO has published new guidance on the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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This flowchart highlights steps to follow and relevant permissions required when seeking to release non public material in SCOOTER, an OER. 

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