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Cornerstone on Information Law

ISBN13: 9781784514112
Published: July 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £110.00

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Cornerstone on Information Law is aimed at data protection officers and practitioners in Freedom of Information ('FOI')/environmental information; and also at lawyers, who may oversee their work but who are likely to have general rather than specialist knowledge in this area.

FOI/environmental information practitioners are to be found in small teams in most public authorities (eg local and central government, quangos, universities, regulatory bodies). They handle information requests from the public under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. They have to judge when to disclose and to identify when exemptions are available. They are growing in number and status.

Data protection officers exist in all major organisations across both the public and private sectors. Large organisations manage massive amounts of personal data, about their customers and users, their competitors, or their employees; and even medium-sized companies and bodies have to deal with data protection rules. Data protection officers advise their organisations on the handling of “subject access requests” from individuals to see their personal data, and on internal data management issues such as security and length of retention. They too are growing in number, and will acquire statutory status and an enhanced role within their organisations when the new Data Protection Regulation (which is nearing agreement in the EU) is implemented in the next 2-3 years.

A new EU data protection framework is due to come into effect on 25 May 2018. It takes the form of a Regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will replace the current Directive and will be directly applicable in all Member States without the need for implementing national legislation. Whilst it does not apply until 25 May 2018 it contains some onerous obligations, many of which will take time to prepare for as it will have an immediate impact.

Cornerstone on Information Law a practical guide focussed on data protection law, freedom of information and environmental information regulations, being one of the first books to take account of the GDPR. It provides practical advice to local authorities and small businesses to assist them with getting ready for the new framework going live.

Data Protection
Part A: Freedom of Information
Chapter 1: Structure
Chapter 2: Key exemptions 1
– information accessible by other means (s 21)
– information supplied by security bodies (s 23)
– FOI and Parliament (ss 34 and 35)
– confidential information (s 41)
– information whose disclosure is prohibited in other statute (s 44)
Chapter 3: Key exemptions 2
– information intended for future publication (s 22)
– National security, defence and international relations (ss 24-27)
– investigations and law enforcement (ss 30 -31)
– formulation of government policy, and prejudice to conduct of public affairs (s 35-36)
– health and safety ( s38)
– legal professional privilege (s 42)
– commercial interests (s 43)
Chapter 4: Key Exemption 3
– the personal data exemption (s 40)
Chapter 5: Key cases and materials, and where to find them

Part B. Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)
Chapter 6: Definition of environmental information
Chapter 7: Differences from FOI, and similarities
Chapter 8: Exceptions 1: “process” exceptions
Chapter 9: Key exceptions 2: “adverse effect” exceptions
Chapter 10: Why EIR does not necessarily mean more disclosure than FOI
Chapter 11: Key cases and materials

Part C. Data Protection
Chapter 12: The meaning of personal data
Chapter 13: Rights of individuals
Chapter 14: The eight Data Protection Principles
Chapter 15: Getting the mechanics right
Chapter 16: Exemptions and how they work
Chapter 17: Data sharing
Chapter 18: Key cases and materials
Chapter 19: Forthcoming Data Protection Regulation