Data Protection & Freedom of Information
This workshop sets out to demystify the apparently complex relationship between Freedom of Information and Data Protection. Designed for public authorities, the workshop will start with an overview of data protection and then focus on applying the exemption in s40 of the FOI Act. We will examine the disclosure of third party information under an FOI request, taking into account guidance and decisions issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office. Practical examples and case studies will help to put the issues into context and there will be many opportunities for questions and discussion.
To register your interest in attending this workshop please contact the PL&B office.
is a Privacy Laws & Business consultant and a qualified solicitor specialising in data protection, IT and intellectual property law. She qualified as a solicitor at Clifford Chance, and went on to work in the legal department of the Royal Mail Group plc where she was the principal data protection adviser. Valerie advises clients on all aspects of data protection and freedom of information business policies and procedures, is a contributing editor to the Privacy Laws & Business UK Newsletter, and is an accredited tutor for the ISEB DP qualification.
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Stuart Lynch provides training and consultancy in data protection, information privacy, and Freedom of Information. He holds the British Computer Society’s ISEB Certificates in Data Protection and Freedom of Information, for both of which he is an accredited course tutor.
He was formerly Principal Compliance and Data Protection Officer for Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council for over 10 years. One of his specialist areas concerns the data protection/human rights issues around the sharing of personal data between public authorities, and he contributed to the Lord Chancellor’s Department’s Development of Data Sharing Protocols Sub-Group.
He has provided training and consultancy services in Data Protection and Freedom of Information for a wide variety of public and private sector organisations, including government departments, local authorities, the NHS, charities, and academic institutions.
He has given presentations at many national seminars and conferences, including:
- I&DeA National e-Government Conference
- Privacy Laws & Business International Conference in Cambridge, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
- NADPO National Conference
- Data Protection Forum
He was a member of the Improvement and Development Agency (I&DeA) Rights in Data Working Group, for whom he developed a General Information Sharing Protocol for use by local authorities and other public sector organisations. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the Data Protection Forum, of which he was a founder member.
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