- The Information Commissioner has agreed that providing information to disprove the theory of relativity would exceed the costs limit provided for under section 12 Freedom of Information Act. The FOI requester sought the information after being "woken by God at 3am in the morning and told that Einstein had gotten his second theory of relativity wrong." The University withheld the information on the basis that fulfilling the request would involve soliciting and collating responses from all of the University's 10,845 members of staff.
- The Guardian reflects on their findings about students using tech to cheat in exams. The information was gathered via FOIA requests.
- Information Rights and Wrongs blog looks at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice's recent track record in responding to FOI requests within the statutory 20 working day timeframe, and asks why the ICO isn't doing more to improve the situation.
- Norfolk County Council has been fined £60'000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for leaving sensitive files in a cabinet which was sent to a second hand shop. The files, which included sensitive information about children, were discovered when the cabinet was purchased by a member of the public.
- The ICO have fined companies who emailed their customers asking them about updating their marketing preferences. The ICO deemed that the emails are themselves marketing messages and the companies broke Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations by sending them without consent.
- A survey by information management company, Crown Records Management, suggests that many businesses believe that GDPR will not apply to them due to the UK choosing to leave the EU.
- A survey, conducted by Varonis Systems, of 500 IT decision makers at large organisations in the UK, France, Germany and the USA has found that 42% do not view compliance with GDPR by May 2018 as a priority.
- 'How Facebook's tentacles reach further than you think': The BBC reports on work by Share Lab which reveals the way in which data is being captured on an unprecedented scale by the social networking site.
- Out-law article on why universities must consider 'reasonable expectations' of students when deploying tracking technologies.
- A podcast featuring academic and writer Nick Srnicek discussing his book 'Platform Capitalism', which argues that platforms such as Google and Facebook are mechanisms which rely on extracting data, particularly personal data, as a key component of their business model.
- Labour MP Stephen Kinnock calls for investigation into the Conservative's use of sensitive personal data during the European Union Membership Referendum.
- Guardian article on how personal data is collected, analysed and used by political parties.
- London Review of Books blog on the director of an advocacy organisation being charged under the Terrorism Act for refusing to provide passwords to unlock his mobile phone when entering the UK.
- Andrew Cormack advises on what preparations universities should make to be ready for the GDPR.
Online and face to face training is available for all UEA staff. For those who prefer online training, you can choose from:
- Data Protection (mandatory for any member of staff handling personal data)
- Freedom of Information
- Records Management
- Information Security (available from Blackboard)
- Copyright (available from Blackboard)
Each module takes around 30 minutes to complete, and includes activities to ensure you've mastered the key points.
Face to face training can be booked via CSED, or contact us to find out more about bespoke training for your department.