Research Archive


The Court of Appeal decided that a health trust was justified in convening a disciplinary panel for gross misconduct for breach of confidentiality in relation to reading patient files and discussing patient details whilst on a train.

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Guidance from the Upper Tribunal on vexatious requests.

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Twitter user accounts compromised in yet another high profile internet security breach.

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In this updated “Definition document for universities and other higher education institutions” the ICO sets out in some detail guidance on the types of information it expects public bodies across different sectors to pro-actively publish.

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Questions have arisen about the extent to which Skype guarantees privacy of calls made through it.

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Dropbox and Evernote are both cloud computing services, adopting a cloud computing service does not change an institution''s legal duties but requires a reassessment of the risks, and may involve changing the processes which ensure compliance. This FAQ considers the legal issues pertinent to adopting such a service.  

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This informative forum will bring together policy makers, public services and industry to assess the current environment and propose methods and policies to mitigate cyber security threats.

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ISPs ordered to block access to websites broadcasting football matches in breach of copyright laws.

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Colleges and universities considering supporting staff and students’ use of their own mobile devices to facilitate teaching and learning will be interested in the results of a recent survey which indicates growth in companies adopting the BYOD model.

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The ICO has updated guidance on what HE institutions should publish in order to meet their FOI commitments.

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Redigi, the controversial on-line marketplace that allows users to store, stream, buy and sell legally purchased pre-owned digital music, is preparing to launch in Europe.

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This guidance focuses on the intellectual property rights associated with 3D digitisation and is relevant for staff in colleges, universities and related organisations involved in 3D digitisation projects.

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A recently published report by the Equality Challenge Unit presents examples of effective ways to approach digitisation and reformatting by colleges and universities.

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The one-day seminar will bring attendees up to date on recent developments in UK copyright law, explaining the implications for all who use information resources in their day to day work, and what they need to tell colleagues.

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The one-day seminar will bring attendees up to date on recent developments in UK copyright law, explaining the implications for all who use information resources in their day to day work, and what they need to tell colleagues.

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The ISEB Certificate in Freedom of Information is ideal for those who wish to have their knowledge and expertise recognised through a formal qualification.

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The training course provides an introduction to the principles of copyright law and practice within the context of the work of library and information professionals.

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The BUFVC's one-day course on copyright is essential for those needing to copy, use and provide access to existing third party content in their work, delivered by expert practitioners in the field.

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The Government Consultation on the draft Code of Practice for public authorities to help them meet the new statutory duty to publish datasets ends on 10th January 2013.

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The ICO has produced new guidance to increase academics’ and researchers’ understanding and equip practitioners to deal with the challenges that FOI legislation poses for research information.

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Making digital copies of music, films and other copyrighted material for personal use is to be made legal for the first time under government plans.

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Instagram, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook, has denied that changes to its terms of service and privacy policy give it the right to sell users’ photographs to advertisers without notification.

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Four local councils were issued significant civil monetary penalties for losing personal data.  

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A new patent regime will provide the option for patenting across Europe as well as a new unified patent court.

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The Intellectual Property Office has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Patents Act 1977.

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An East Sussex college has been ordered to pay £23,000 for infringement of copyright in relation to making copyright materials available on its website.

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The draft code is ‘intended to help you provide subject access in accordance with the law and good practice’ and the ICO is now seeking your views.

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The short answer is that this is a valid FOI request which legally the college will need to respond to in terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

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JISC Legal is proud to be hosted by the 2012 winner of the Times Higher Education's UK University of the Year Award.

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The Cabinet Office has issued a draft code of practice for public authorities to help them meet the new statutory duty to publish datasets.

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JISC infoNet has developed the JISC infoNet Information request register. 

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The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has launched a new mobile app which makes it possible for copyright users to scan the ISN of a book or magazine to find out whether they can legally copy it under the terms of their CLA licence.

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The Information Commissioner has published a code of practice on managing anonymisation risks in relation to personal data.

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This guidance from JISC Legal considers the legal issues likely to arise from the use of mobile devices by colleges and universities.

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This paper considers the legal issues likely to arise from the use of mobile devices by colleges and universities. It is relevant for staff with responsibility for planning and managing the introduction and use of mobile technologies in their institution and for lecturers, researchers and support staff using or supporting the use of mobile technologies.

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The short answer is that the details about individuals mentioned above are likely to be considered personal data and as such the data protection legislation applies.

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While a company can own the copyright in a work (and will do so in relation to copyright works created by employees in the absence of agreement to the contrary), the duration of copyright is still linked to the original author.

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The High Court has ruled that businesses do not have a general claim of ownership over the content of staff emails.

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The CLA has launched a new Code of Conduct which details how the agency will deal with its licence holders and other copyright users.

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The Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, run by a consortium of seven UK universities, will examine a range of issues relating to new digital technologies with a view to meeting some of the central challenges facing the UK’s creative economy.

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A recent report provides insight into students’ awareness of IPR and their attitudes to IPR teaching in UK institutions.

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Following on from our news story on the 8 October 2012, we can now confirm that the Directive has entered the Official Journal of the EU.

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The ICO has updated guidance to help institutions gain an understanding of freedom of information legislation and how to apply it, paying particular attention to research information.

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In order to meet the duty of care owed to learners, a college will have to show it has taken adequate precautions to prevent reasonably foreseeable loss or harm occurring. 

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The workshop is designed to teach delegates the basics of the Act (including validating requests, time limits and fees) and the exemptions.

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The general rule of UK defamation law is that the publisher of a defamation faces liability and this applies to FE and HE institutions as publishers in the same way as to any other publisher.  

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The Information Commissioner has fined Greater Manchester Police £120,000 for the loss of sensitive information. 

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As part of the Welsh Repository Network (WRN) project an interactive quiz regarding, copyright implications with multimedia deposits, was created for a repository staff training session. 

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YouTube is changing how it handles alleged copyright infringing content so as to protect the rights of both content owners and users.

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The EU Commission’s recent communication on cloud computing outlines the actions needed to encourage the use of cloud computing.

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