Category Archives: Steve Wood

Is protecting data on your Christmas list?

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. Across the UK, millions of electronic items will top the Christmas lists of children and adults alike this year including mobile phones, tablets, netcams, fitness devices and smart TVs. When the kids are … Continue reading

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Changing your name and gender: the data protection implications

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. Names are an essential part of our identity. We use them every day, from conversation with friends to official transactions. They are perhaps the archetypal article of ‘personal data’ and can provide information … Continue reading

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FOIA: an update on our definition documents and template guides for publication schemes

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. When most people think of freedom of information, they probably think of the right to request information about public bodies. While this is an important tool for transparency, it isn’t the only requirement … Continue reading

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Ensuring transparency isn’t the cost of outsourcing

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery.  As talk of austerity continues to echo through the corridors of the public sector, the value of cost savings grows ever-more attractive. And if a CBI report is to be believed, there’s £22.6bn … Continue reading

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ICO blog: Privacy Policies Code of Practice – send us your views

TL;DR – too long; didn’t read – this internet slang too often applies to privacy notices presented to users when they are asked to provide their personal data online. While we have seen some significant improvements to privacy policies in … Continue reading

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ICO blog: Latest update on response to Leveson recommendations

With the first anniversary of the Lord Justice Leveson’s report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press fast approaching, it’s an apt time to update you on the ICO’s ongoing work in response to his recommendations. The most high-profile recommendation … Continue reading

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ICO blog: Freedom of Information – the next generation

The evolution of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) will reach a key milestone on 1st September, as the new open data rights come into force. Changes to the law not only give new rights to request data in a … Continue reading

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ICO blog: The risk of revealing too much

View our latest blog on redaction and information disclosure: ‘Now you don’t see it, now you do’ – the dangers of hidden data It’s been a busy few weeks in Wilmslow, with data protection becoming headline news as politicians debated whether … Continue reading

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ICO blog: Fresh coat of guidance for FOI Act

When I last wrote four months ago, I likened keeping the ICO’s library of guidance up-to-date and relevant to painting the Forth Bridge. As we come to the end of the financial year, I think it would be fair to … Continue reading

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ICO blog: Ever-changing information rights means ever-changing guidance

The world of information rights is ever-changing, with constant developments in case law and technology. Given the size of the ICO’s catalogue of guidance, which continues to grow, making sure everything is up-to-date and relevant is a challenge that sometimes … Continue reading

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