Welcome to the Spring edition of our Information Compliance Newsletter, in which you'll find details of recent Copyright, Freedom of Information and Data Protection news.
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- IPO issues copyright guidance note on digital images, photographs and the internet. This is a frequently asked question and infringements often involve improper use of images on the web. Here is some guidance from the Intellectual Property Office that gives some advice in this area. For further information, please see our Copyright pages.
- EU agreement of new Draft Regulation. After years of debate, the EU have agreed a new Regulation governing data protection within the EU. This will replace the Data Protection Act and is likely to come into force in 2018. Watch this space for further information.
- Clinic links data on patients' HIV status [BBC]
- EU rules safe harbour no longer valid due to US surveillance
- Now that the original deadline of the end of January 2016 has passed, a new temporary moratorium has been declared regarding the transfer of personal data to the US. The moratorium runs until mid April. Safe harbour remains illegal, but models clauses and binding corporate rules (BCRs) can be used
- The ICO comments on the latest developments in the search for a solution to replace safe habour
- Article on 'From bricks to Clicks: The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education'
- How we talk about privacy matters (Paul Bernal contributor) [Guardian]
- ICO news article on Alzheimer's Society action
- Update from ICO on enforcement action taken against KCL in July 2015. The ICO expects that all institutions will provide adequate Data Protection training for all staff dealing with personal data.
- University of Greenwich students affected in data breach. A range of personal data relating to students has been published on the university website. The ICO are investigating [BBC]
- TalkTalk hack: Arrested NI teenager suing newspapers over breach of privacy [BBC]
- 22,000 USB sticks found in dirty clothes each year in the UK. A reminder to ensure that you only use encrypted memory sticks to store and transfer personal data
- UUK blog about FOI and universities
- The EDP has referred to a recent response to an FOI request on rates of undergraduate cheating in coursework and exams [EDP]
- Council could not rely on commercial interests exemption to withhold contract details that were of 'significant age', rules ICO [Out-Law]
- A student journalist appeals for Universities to remain subject to the FOIA. Their recent request looked at pay by gender [Guardian]
- UCU publishes article to 'name and shame the UK's least transparent universities', after several HEIs did not respond to a FOI request on VC salaries
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.