Data Protection for Work Based Learning (31 December 2014)

This Q and A provides an overview of data protection and how it may apply in a variety of scenarios relevant to work based learning (WBL) providers.

Summary of the Impact for FE and HE of the Hargreaves Review (1 October 2014)
This summary examines the potential impact for FE and HE of the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, May 2011 and summarises the current progress with regards to implementation.
Mergers, Technology and the Law (3 September 2014)
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.
Human Rights Law Overview (3 September 2014)
FE and HE institutions are required by the Human Rights Act to operate in a way that upholds and protects the human rights of those they deal with.  This guidance examines the most relevant human rights in the context of colleges and universities.
BYOD Video (12 March 2014)
This video highlights Jisc Legal's resources for colleges and universities on the legal issues that arise when considering a bring your own device policy.
Social Media and the Law Top Tips (18 February 2014)

Jisc Legal's Top Tips for managing the legal aspects of social media use effectively.

Social Media for Staff Legal Checklist (18 February 2014)
A short reference guide for universities, colleges and learning providers to ensure risks are recognised and managed appropriately, while clarifying for staff what the boundaries are.
Social Media for Staff Policy Template (10 February 2014)

This template is to help learning providers consider relevant issues, make decisions (according to their own risk appetite) on how social media use will be implemented and regulated, and to write a social media policy that is fit for their purpose.

Jisc Legal for Research (12 November 2013)

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

Facing up to Facebook: A Guide for FE and HE (02 October 2013)

In this guide, you’ll find summaries of the key legal considerations of using Facebook in an FE and HE context.

Interception and Monitoring Law Essentials (24 September 2013)
A direct, point by point guide on interception and monitoring law and its application to Further and Higher Education (FE and HE). 
Interception and Monitoring Law Overview (20 September 2013)
An examination of the current law surrounding the rights, obligations and liabilities of a college or university with regard to interception and monitoring of communications on or using its computer systems. 
Strategic Management of IPR for OER in UK HE (12 August 2013)

This paper is written in the context of the JISC and Higher Education Academy Open Educational Resources Programme (Phase 2), and aims to address some of the background issues regarding management of intellectual property rights (IPR) in UK universities.

Law and ICT in Your College (16 May 2013)

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.

Bring Your Own Device Policy Template for Further Education (1 May 2013)
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.
Risk, Liability and Mobile Devices (1 May 2013)
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.
BYOD Legal Toolkit (1 May 2013)
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.
Your Students, Mobile Devices, Law and Liability (1 May 2013)
This paper focuses on the legal issues surrounding student mobile use.
Your Staff, Mobile Devices, Law and Liability (1 May 2013)
This paper focuses on the legal issues surrounding staff bringing their own devices.
Equality, Disability and the Law Overview (25 January 2013)
This overview paper provides an in- depth look at the disability discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and its application to the use of ICT in the provision of education services in UK colleges and universities.
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Information Governance

Welcome to JISC Legal's Information Governance web pages.  As well as current legal materials, articles and links on data protection, freedom of information, records management and other areas of law relevant to information governance, you are able to access archived material from the former JIGG project conducted by MIMAS.

Information Management Online Course

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

Data Protection Act 1998 Online Training Course

Learn more about your rights as an individual and your obligations as an employee in this 30 minute data protection course.

FOISA Online Training Course

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

Cyber Security Guidance

Aimed at UK businesses, this collection of documents offers advice from security and intelligence experts across government about how most cyber attacks can be prevented.

Janet Cloud Services

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

New Search Tool for IT FOI Decisions

New search tool available for Information Tribunal Decisions, First Tier.

General Medical Council Guidelines

New supplementary guidance from the GMC entitled 'Making and using visual and audio recordings of patients' is now available from their website.  

List of Media Law Tweeters
Guide to Social Networking in the Workplace

ACAS guide offers practical tips on the impact of social networking on discipline and grievances, bullying, defamation, data protection and privacy.

New Consultation on Cloud Computing

The European Commission has launched a consultation on cloud computing.  This will feed into the European cloud computing strategy due to be presented in 2012.

Guidance to Increase Understanding of FOI rights

A dedicated 'one stop shop' has been produced, telling the public about their FOI rights, and a step by step guide on how to use them.

Research Information Management Infokit

This JISC infoNet infokit is an online resource that provides support and guidance to institutions development their RIM systems.

QMUL Research Papers on Cloud Computing

Queen Mary, University of London, have issued a series of papers on the legal issues associated with Cloud Computing.

JISC Identity Management Toolkit

JISC has launched a toolkit to allow information officers, IT directors, security managers and their staff to better understand the legal issues involved in managing identity issues.

Cloud Computing Toolkit Available

This toolkit aims to guide information professionals in assessing cloud computing services for information use and storage, including development of a cloud computing strategy.

Council of Europe Data Protection Website

The site includes overview information, legislation documents and a range of reports from the specialist committees

JIGG Archive

The JISC Information Governance Gateway (JIGG) was a project that ran between 2006 and 2009, aimed at supporting and developing institutional records management and compliance with information-related legislation.

EU Report Highlights Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has published its report ‘Security and Resilience in Governmental Clouds’ which assesses the operational, legal, and security requirements of cloud computing.

JANET Factsheet: Providing Email Addresses for AlumniThis JANET factsheet on providing email accounts for alumni is intended to assist in considering all the potential issues involved, with JISC Legal contribution from a legal perspective.
Freedom of Information Top Tips

Information Commissioner publishes top tips on freedom of information for public authority communications professionals.

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Data Protection Training for University Staff

Jisc Legal has produced an online training course for university staff in the essentials of data protection law.


New RIPA Codes of Practice to Come into Force

Revised versions of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) codes of practice to come into force on 10 December 2014.


Scottish Information Commissioner Develops Self-Assessment Toolkit

This is a new resource to help authorities to review and improve their FOI performance.


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