News stories posted during May 2012

Mean average cost of an FOI request is £184

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04/05/2012 by:

Research conducted by Ipsos Mori and commissioned by the Ministry of Justice reveals that the mean average cost of an FOI request is £184. The research found that a small minority of expensive requests count for a large proportion of the total...

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Viviane Reding defends delegated acts in the EU DP proposals

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08/05/2012 by:

Speaking at the European Data Protection Commissioners’ Spring Conference in Luxembourg on 3 May, EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, explained that the large number of delegated acts in the EU proposals for a Data Protection Regulation leave...

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Government announces draft bill on monitoring of communications data

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09/05/2012 by:

The Queen’s speech on 9 May included a mention of a draft communications data bill: ‘My government intends to bring forward measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data under...

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FTC imposes 20 years of audits on Myspace

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10/05/2012 by:

The Myspace social network has agreed to regular, independent privacy audits for the next 20 years as required by a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC found that the company’s  privacy policy was misleading.  Myspace wa...

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ICO: rules apply to placement of cookies on all devices

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16/05/2012 by:

The ICO’s most recent advice, this month, is that in the long term, it expects organisations’ websites to be compliant with the cookie law, irrespective of the device they are viewed on. In other words, it will expect organisations to offer the sa...

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ICO’s launches its publication scheme plan for 2012/13

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17/05/2012 by:

The ICO will introduce a revised FOI Model Publication Scheme to apply to all sectors from 1 April 2013, with definition documents providing sector specific guidance to accompany the main scheme. Announcing the plans now will allow public...

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ICO: Use of the ministerial veto should be reserved for genuinely exceptional cases

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22/05/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has in his recent report to Parliament, expressed his concern for the government’s use of its veto power in FOIA cases. The government has used its veto power on three previous occasions, all of...

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