The University is a “public body” for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act (FOI and DPA). This means we receive and must respond to information requests and requests for personal data from a broad range of individuals and organisations in accordance with the Acts’ provisions.
As these requests may affect any area of the University’s business, all staff need to have at least a basic understanding of the impact of this legislation and the potential consequences of non-compliance. In worst cases, the Information Commissioner can impose penalties of up to £500,000 and bring individual criminal charges. With such potential serious risk to the business and individuals, the University is committed to ensuring that its staff have an appropriate level of understanding of the Acts so as to ensure compliance with the law.
All new staff are strongly encouraged to complete our one hour online FOI/DPA awareness training which may be found at:
Further information may be found at:
The University’s Information Compliance Officer is the central co-ordinator for all FOI and DPA ‘subject access’ requests and should be contacted immediately in the event of a data breach (where personal data is wrongly disclosed).
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