- Ever wanted to know if you can use images from the internet and not breach copyright laws? The Intellectual Property Office has revised its guidance and is worth a read if you need to use images in teaching and other work.
- Libraries are often asked about copyright. Here is a useful webpage with new guidelines for libraries on copyright.
- UK Digital Economy Bill currently passing through Parliament contains clauses to restrict access to certain types of literature and imposes new criminal sanctions for online privacy.
- From 1 August, the changes to the new CLA licence apply. There is an increase in copying limits from 5% to 10%.
- The ICO issues a fine of £100,000 where documents containing personal details of 100 people were found in a disused building.
- Police force fined £150,000 for sending emails to the wrong address. The email thread contained details of eight registered sex offenders.
- MPs vote in favour of Investigatory Powers Bill - AKA the Snoopers' Charter - which is currently passing through the House of Lords.
- An ICO survey of data protection attitudes in the UK show consumers are taking matters into their own hands to protect their personal data.
- An update on the court case involving email stored on Microsoft servers in Dublin. The US Supreme Court has ruled that US laws cannot apply overseas unless Congress clearly says so.
- Following the ruling that the US 'Safe Harbour' data protection scheme was invalid, a new framework to enable businesses to transfer personal data from the EU to the US in line with EU data protection law requirements has come into effect . Companies will be able to rely on the Privacy Shield from August after EU-US data transfer framework is finalised.
- BBC report on how the Met Police are to pay damages to a former officer, after they used powers designed to investigate crime to obtain her personal data - even citing a non-existent act in the process. While this may be an isolated case, UEA must tread carefully, and on a case by case basis, any request from the police for personal information.
- When is it ok to publicly release CCTV images? Two articles from the Guardian question whether Virgin Trains were right to disclose recent images of Jeremy Corbyn seeking an empty seat.
- University of Bolton have been ordered to release information on its financial affairs after a 13 month dispute with former lecturer over request made under FOIA.
- Scottish Information Commissioner finds shortcomings in how public authorities comply with their Publication Scheme duty under FOI law.
- The National reports how FOI has been used in a row between Glasgow University and a former academic employee whose email and library access was removed.
- EDP article which used information supplied under FOI (16-122) on allegations of cheating by international students.
- Presentation by senior manager at the NSA on how to protect your network against state sponsored attacks.
- A FOIA request to the ICO to gather data breach information indicates that most breaches in the UK originate from human error. (Note however the ICO is only informed of a limited number of breaches, and only those which come to the attention of the organisation.)
- A committee of MPs has made a number of recommendations to encourage organisations to improve cybersecurity to reduce the risk of data breaches.
- Independent article on why universities must ensure student data are secure, and how information security contributes to the overall student experience.
- An FOIA request to Universities (and NHS trusts) found that 23 of 58 HE institutions who responded had been hit by ransomware in the last year.
- An editorial from the Guardian giving their view on the huge and growing problem of internet security.
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.