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Latest Information law articles

  • Update: Coronavirus and data protection compliance obligations on all organisations

    Update: Coronavirus and data protection compliance obligations on all organisations

    As well as managing resources in order to comply with the GDPR's timescales, organisations may face challenges in being able to collate and review all applicable personal data. The GDPR primarily relates to electronic personal data and so even with remote working it should be possible for organisations to access such personal data for the purposes of, for example, responding to a subject access request.

  • 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.