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Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Data Protection

Many organisations hold large amounts of personal data (including information about employees, customers and suppliers), and they must deal with that information in accordance with 8 Data Protection Principles.  The Data Protection Act requires that any organistion which processes personal data must register with the Information Commissioner's Office.  The Information Commissioner's Office has powers to prosecute organisations which fail to comply with the Data Protection Act, and to issue fines of up to £500,000.

We can assist businesses to understand and comply with their obligations under the Data Protection Act, and we can help individuals to take action against organsiations which misuse or fail to protect their personal data.

Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 give everyone the right to access information held by public authorities (or companies which are wholly owned by a public authority).  Where someone believes they have not been given information to which they are entitled, they can complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.

We can advise individuals and organisations who are trying to obtain information from public authorities.  We can also advise public authorities and companies who work with public authorities about their rights and obligations under the legislation, and the exemptions which may be applicable to information which they hold.

Lisa Clark
Lisa Clark

Solicitor - Litigation and Disputes

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