Cornerstone on Information Law

By: Damien Welfare
ISBN: 9781784514112

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About Cornerstone on Information Law

Cornerstone on Information Law is a one-volume practical guide focused on data protection law, freedom of information and the environmental information regulations. Covering the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, the title is up to date with adaptations to UK data protection law in the event of Brexit; while also explaining the law before Brexit, or if it does not occur. It is an essential reference work for Data... Read more

About Cornerstone on Information Law

Cornerstone on Information Law is a one-volume practical guide focused on data protection law, freedom of information and the environmental information regulations. Covering the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, the title is up to date with adaptations to UK data protection law in the event of Brexit; while also explaining the law before Brexit, or if it does not occur.

It is an essential reference work for Data Protection Officers/FOI Information Officers and busy in-house lawyers in local authorities and the public sector generally; and, those in large and small businesses with data protection responsibilities. It covers the essential areas for practitioners in this fast-changing framework.

The guide has been organised for easy navigation and browsing, with many real world examples and worked scenarios. It aims to form a bridge between the introductory and the detailed levels, avoiding an overly-detailed legal approach, while equipping readers with the knowledge they need to deal with both specific problems and day-to-day issues.

Key topics covered include:

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Data Protection Act 2018 (including exemptions from the GDPR)
A summary of the regime for law enforcement data processing
UK changes to data protection law in the event of Brexit
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Damien Welfare is a member of Cornerstone Barristers specialising in information law. He is also a contributor to Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct, and a Member of the Examination Board for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (www.dataprotectionqualification.com).

This book forms part of the successful ‘Cornerstone on…’ series of authoritative titles published by Bloomsbury Professional.

Public Law barristers at Cornerstone Barristers are recognised experts in Information Law (Data Protection, Freedom of Information, and the Environmental Information Regulations) and hold seminars and training on these topics.

Table of Contents

Part A: Freedom of Information
Chapter 1: Structure
Chapter 2: Key exemptions 1
– information accessible by other means (s 21)
– information supplied by security bodies (s 23)
– FOI and Parliament (ss 34 and 35)
– confidential information (s 41)
– information whose disclosure is prohibited in other statute (s 44)
Chapter 3: Key exemptions 2
– information intended for future publication (s 22)
– National security, defence and international relations (ss 24-27)
– investigations and law enforcement (ss 30 -31)
– formulation of government policy, and prejudice to conduct of public affairs (s 35-36)
– health and safety ( s38)
– legal professional privilege (s 42)
– commercial interests (s 43)
Chapter 4: Key Exemption 3
– the personal data exemption (s 40)
Chapter 5: Key cases and materials, and where to find them

Part B. Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)

Chapter 6: Definition of environmental information
Chapter 7: Differences from FOI, and similarities
Chapter 8: Exceptions 1: “process” exceptions
Chapter 9: Key exceptions 2: “adverse effect” exceptions
Chapter 10: Why EIR does not necessarily mean more disclosure than FOI
Chapter 11: Key cases and materials

Part C. Data Protection

Chapter 12: The meaning of personal data
Chapter 13: Rights of individuals
Chapter 14: The eight Data Protection Principles
Chapter 15: Getting the mechanics right
Chapter 16: Exemptions and how they work
Chapter 17: Data sharing
Chapter 18: Key cases and materials
Chapter 19: Forthcoming Data Protection Regulation

Publishing Details

Publication Date: 27/06/2019
ISBN: 9781784514112
Binding: paperback
Series: 15
Edition: 1

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