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Information Rights: A Practitioner's Guide to Data Protection, Freedom of Information and other Information Rights 6th ed

ISBN13: 9781509967308
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781509922246
Published: September 2023
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback, 2 Volumes
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“An essential addition to the bookshelf of any practitioner who has to consider information rights, however often. The book is the best kind of practitioner text: practical and clear, but also scholarly, thoughtful and analytical.” (Sarah Hannett KC, Judicial Review)

Retaining the position it has held since first publication, this is the 6th edition of the leading practitioner text on all aspects of information law. The latest edition includes a substantially enlarged set of chapters on appeals, enforcement, and remedies, as well as covering over 250 new judgments and decisions published since the last edition.

Information Rights has been cited by the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the Tribunals, and is used by practitioners, judges and all those who practise in the field, including journalists. The new edition maintains its style of succinct statements of principle, supported by case law, legislative provisions, and statutory guidance.

The work is divided into 2 volumes. Volume 1 is a 1,500-page commentary, with a comprehensive coverage of the data protection regime, freedom of information and environmental information law, as well as other rights of access to official information such as local government legislation and the Public Records Act. There is detailed coverage of appeal and regulatory procedures. Volume 2 comprises extensive annotated statutory material, including the DPA 2018, the UK GDPR, FOIA, Tribunal rules and statutory guidance.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Data Protection
Tables of Cases
United Kingdom
United States of America
New Zealand
Republic of Ireland
Tables of Legislation

Part I. Overview
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Westminster legislation
Chapter 3 – Scottish legislation
Chapter 4 – The influence of the European Convention on Human Rights etc
Chapter 5 – Exemptions: general principles
Chapter 6 – Prejudice and the public interest

Part II. Data protection
Chapter 7 – Data protection: introduction
Chapter 8 – GDPR and DPA 2018: introduction
Chapter 9 – General processing: continuing obligations
Chapter 10 – General processing: data subject rights
Chapter 11 – General processing: exemptions etc
Chapter 12 – Law enforcement processing: continuing obligations
Chapter 13 – Law enforcement processing: data subject rights
Chapter 14 – Intelligence services processing
Chapter 15 – DPA 1998: concepts, rights and duties
Chapter 16 – DPA 1998: exemptions

Part III. Environmental information
Chapter 17 – Environmental information – introduction
Chapter 18 – Environmental information – rights & appeals
Chapter 19 – Environmental information – exceptions

Part IV. Freedom of information
Chapter 20 – The right to information
Chapter 21 – The duty to advise and assist, codes of practice and publication schemes
Chapter 22 – The request
Chapter 23 – Disentitlement
Chapter 24 – The response

Part V. Exemptions
Chapter 25 – Information otherwise accessible
Chapter 26 – Security bodies, national security and defence
Chapter 27 – International and internal relations
Chapter 28 – Economic and financial interests
Chapter 29 – Investigation, audit, law enforcement and the courts
Chapter 30 – Privilege
Chapter 31 – Policy formulation and public affairs
Chapter 32 – Research, health and safety
Chapter 33 – Personal information
Chapter 34 – Commercial and other confidentiality
Chapter 35 – Miscellaneous exemptions

Part VI. Other rights to information
Chapter 36 – Historical records and public records
Chapter 37 – Local government documents
Chapter 38 – Medical records
Chapter 39 – Business and financial information
Chapter 40 – Educational information
Chapter 41 – Common law rights and controls
Chapter 42 – Court-held documents
Chapter 43 – Information held by EU bodies

Part VII. Appeals, remedies and enforcement
Chapter 44 – Information Commissioners
Chapter 45 – Tribunals: practice and procedure
Chapter 46 – FOIA & EIR: appeals
Chapter 47 – FOI(S)A & EI(S)R: appeals
Chapter 48 – Freedom of Information: regulatory enforcement
Chapter 49 – Data protection: personal remedies
Chapter 50 – Data protection: regulatory enforcement
Chapter 51 – Data protection: special situations
Chapter 52 – DPA 1998: personal remedies and regulatory enforcement
Chapter 53 – Warrants, offences and immunities

Part VIII. Comparative law
Chapter 54 – The Comparative Jurisdictions

Part I – Freedom of Information
Part II – Environmental Information
Part III – Data Protection: UK
Part IV – Data Protection: EU and International
Part V – Data Protection: pre-25 May 2018
Part VI – Other Rights to Information
Part VII – Procedural Material