Freedom of Information Archive

Amberhawk have announced their schedule of DP, FOI and information security related training for October to December 2014, and offered in various locations.

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This guidance is intended for institutions that are considering, or are perhaps in the process of, merging with one or more colleges or universities to form a single institution.

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The Court of Appeal has ruled that, where appropriate, a public authority's evidence can be given in private, without the applicant or his/her legal representative present.

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A recent decision means that a requestor can specify the particular software format in which electronic information should be provided under FOI.

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In this webinar Ibrahim Hasan discusses the latest FOI developments and decisions published by the Information Commissioner and the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights).

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ICO publishes guidance on the fees that may be charged when the cost of complying with an FOI request exceeds the appropriate limit.

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Came into force on 31 December 2009.   

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This FAQ considers anonymous/pseudonymous FOI requests and whether the institution has an obligation to respond to such requests.  

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A proposed new directive is intended to ensure that confidential information is adequately protected EU wide.

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This event is suitable for staff of Scottish public authorities who receive and respond to FOI requests.  

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Amberhawk  are now accredited to deliver the courses in Information Security Management leading to the BCS/ISEB Certificate in Information Security Management Principles.

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As of today more bodies in Scotland will be subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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This training is designed for those who are already involved within the field of FOI  or data protection.

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This DP Update day-conference aims to keep practitioners abreast of the latest developments in data protection and related matters over the last six months.  

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This DP Update day-conference aims to keep practitioners abreast of the latest developments in data protection and related matters over the last six months.  

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The Government has issued  new standard contract terms that  public bodies can use when procuring IT or business processing services from third parties.

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The ICO guidance on "Access to information held in complaint files" deals with this issue.  

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Contracts agreed between public sector bodies and their suppliers should be more transparent with regards to which one of them holds the information for the purposes of FOI, says the ICO.  

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This FAQ discusses the key issues to consider with regards to employee references.  

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This code of practice will help institutions to comply with their data protection obligations and meet individuals’ expectations of privacy.

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The Court of Appeal held that a name is personal data unless it is so common that without further information, such as use in a work context, a person would remain unidentifiable despite its disclosure. 

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The Information Rights Tribunal has ruled that the names of three junior members of staff who dealt with complaints made to the Financial Services Authority should have been disclosed as part of a Freedom of Information request. 

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This FAQ explains how to calculate 'working days' for the purpose of FOI requests.  Consideration is given to both the English and Scottish position. 

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The Information Tribunal has upheld a public authority’s reliance on the personal information exemption. 

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On day one expert speakers consider the latest challenges facing FOI professionals.  On the second day, delegates have the opportunity to attend two half-day workshops.

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This online course takes about 20 minutes to complete and there is a short test at the end.  

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The ICO has published guidance on the fees that may be charged when the cost of complying with an FOI request does not exceed the appropriate limit.

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This guidance from Universities UK provides a framework for institutions to review and improve their own procedures when inviting external speakers to their university.

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This conference provides an opportunity for data protection practitioners to ask questions, hear presentations, subscribe to seminars and to meet others involved in similar roles across all sectors.

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The Scottish Information Commissioner decides that Glasgow University was right to withhold personal data.

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This interactive course sheds some light on the laws and best practice in the area of subject access.

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This workshop is designed to teach delegates the basics of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the exemptions.

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The British Library is hosting a seminar on the 29 November 2013 on the amended Re-use of Public Sector Information Directive.

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Jisc Legal for UK Research is your guide to how Jisc Legal contributes to providing infrastructure and support to the needs of researchers.

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The Scottish Information Commissioner’s annual report shows a drop in the number of cases in the education sector taken to appeal.

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The Information Commissioner has published updated FOI and EIR's guidance on compliance with the time limits for responding to information requests.

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This workshop is packed full of exercises and real life case studies designed to teach delegates the basics of the FOISA and its exemptions.

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This workshop examines all the latest FOI decisions and guidance and applies them to real life scenarios.

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This is an ideal course for those wishing to update their FOI knowledge and do not have time or budgets to attend a full day course.

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This live and interactive workshop is designed to teach delegates the basics of the Act.

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The course is designed in such a way as to allow those with a basic knowledge of FOI to benefit and take the exam.

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This course enables a FOI Specialist to obtain comprehensive training and if the ISEB option is chosen, acquire a professional qualification. 

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This course looks at the nature of three access regimes: Freedom of Information, Environmental Information Regulations and access under the Data Protection Act. Which applies, and why. 

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HEFCE has published new guidance for colleges and universities on the benefits of shared services following the introduction of the cost-sharing groups (CSG) exemption to Value Added Tax (VAT).

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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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The final version of the revised definition document for colleges has been published by the ICO.

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New regulations covering what fees public authorities can charge for supplying datasets, in a reusable format,  have just been published.

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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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