e-Portfolios: Assessing the Legal Issues

Addressing the legal issues arising from ePortfolio development and use can take considerable time and effort. However, an early investment in those issues can save considerably more effort later on, by highlighting key issues and allowing ePortfolio providers to plan to avoid them or ameliorate their effects. Many matters can be addressed, at least in part, by ensuring that e-Portfolio provider staff and learners are provided with adequate information and guidance. Maintaining adequate documentation of processes and decisions also helps to provide continuity in approach to legal issues over time.

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JISC Legal Newslinks

Tribunal Clarifies Which High Salaries Are Exempt Under FOI
It is 'fair' to disclose salary information of non-academic staff earning over £100,000 provided they are part of the Principal’s Central Team.

New FOI Exemption to Benefit Research
An amendment to the FOIA Act 2000 has come into force which extends the exemption on disclosure of research information.

New Copyright Exceptions Come Into Force
New copyright exceptions for quotation, parody, caricature and pastiche and personal copying for private use come into force today.

ICO Warns Employees Stealing Personal Information is a Crime

The ICO recently warned employees that the removal of personal information of their employer when they change employment constitutes a criminal offence.

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