"Christmas Time, Data Protection Time"

Hold on – those aren’t the words, are they? While I am no Grinch and do not wish to spoil the time of year we all look forward to the most, the festive period is typically when data protection, like most things, takes a backseat and our minds are on presents, food and what to watch on TV. But you ignore data protection at your peril. Make sure that it is Santa Claus – and not the Information Commissioner – who comes to town, by taking these steps: employee levels can be low because holidays need to be used up before they are replenished in January. Employees with data protection expertise might be out of the office and no one else can help with those difficult “can we do this?” queries. A

Freedom of Information to Apply to Scottish Registered Social Landlords from 2018 - Scottish Governm

The Scottish Government has published a consultation document today, seeking views on whether the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) should be extended to Scottish registered social landlords (RSLs). If the responses to the consultation are positive, FOISA will apply to RSLs from 1 April 2018. What is FOISA? FOISA provides a right of access to information held by Scottish public authorities (SPAs) on request. The information must be disclosed in response to requests, unless one or more of the FOISA exemptions apply. The right to request access to information held by SPAs – also known as the “right to know” – has existed in Scotland since 1 January 2005. Who can FOISA be e

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