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Latest articles from Kelly Fraser

  • Coronavirus – extension of FOI deadlines for public authorities

    Coronavirus – extension of FOI deadlines for public authorities

    The new Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill which passed the Scottish Parliament on 1 April 2020, contains provisions to extend the deadlines under the Freedom of Information rules (FOISA). The Bill extends the current statutory deadlines that Scottish public authorities, including registered social landlords (RSLs), are obliged to adhere to when responding to requests for information under FOISA.

  • Is an employer liable for a data breach by an employee?

    Is an employer liable for a data breach by an employee?

    A recent Supreme Court judgment considered whether an employer of a controller of personal data could be vicariously liable for a data breach by that person, even a deliberate one. The case demonstrates the importance of organisations ensuring that they have appropriate control mechanisms in place to prevent employees from transferring personal data from organisational systems to personal systems.

  • Coronavirus and the Third Sector – what support is available to charities, social enterprises and community bodies?

    Coronavirus and the Third Sector – what support is available to charities, social enterprises and community bodies?

    Those organisations that form part of Scotland's Third Sector – charities, social enterprises and community bodies among others – will be wondering how best to face the unprecedented challenges created by the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Harper Macleod's specialist Third Sector team look at some practical advice to get your organisation through these difficult times.

  • Coronavirus and general meetings – what do RSLs need to know?

    Coronavirus and general meetings – what do RSLs need to know?

    Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) may be wondering how to deal with governance issues, including the requirements to convene meetings, during the current pandemic. There are various potential options in the prevailing circumstances - including virtual meetings, written resolutions, proxy voting and even postponement – but the use of these will depend on the rules of your organisation.