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Information & Data Protection Law
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Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 CPD point (60 minutes)
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Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 accredited CPD point (60 minutes)

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30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to inform the listener of the key principles in both Freedom of Information and Data Protection. It also aims to engage the listener in debates of how the systems interlink and, their impact on "privacy" law. Further, it aims to update the listener as to the relevant case-law that has been decided on these issues.

After completing the course you will:
  • Be aware of the key underpinning concepts in Freedom of Information and Data Protection law;
  • Understand the potential conflicts between these principles;
  • Be up to date with the relevant case-law providing guidance on the interpretation of Freedom of Information in a Data Protection context.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000;
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004;
  • Data Protection Act 1998;
  • Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC);
  • Mosley v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2008] EWHC 1777;
  • Common Services Agency v Scottish Information Comr [2008] UKHL 47;
  • Durant v Financial Services Authority [2003] EWCA Civ 1746;
  • Case C-28/08 P: Commission of the European Communities v The Bavarian Lager Co. Ltd, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

This podcast details the main principles involved in a Freedom of Information request according to the 2000 Act. It then considers the fundamental principles of Data Protection according to the 1998 Act and provides analysis of potential conflicts between the systems.

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