Freedom of Information Act

On September 17, 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron issued a Written Ministerial Statement, announcing that policy responsibility for data protection issues and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (the “ICO”) will both be transferred from the Ministry of Justice (the “MoJ”) to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, (the “DCMS”) with the changes taking effect on the same date. Existing data protection policy teams at the MoJ also will move to the DCMS.

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On February 14, 2012, a joint U.S. congressional committee introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The Act would empower DHS to create a regulatory framework for securing the nation’s infrastructure assets against cyber threats. It also would provide incentives and remove legal barriers to increased information sharing involving the federal government, the intelligence community and private industry.
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On September 7, 2011, the United Kingdom Information Tribunal published a decision that appears to resolve the long-running uncertainty regarding the extent to which anonymized personal information may be disclosed under the UK’s Freedom of Information legislation.
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On March 1, 2011, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed a Third Circuit decision finding that corporations are not entitled to “personal privacy” and therefore may not invoke Exemption 7(C) of the Freedom of Information Act.

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Following the first “hung parliament” since 1974, the UK is facing considerable legislative reform under the newly formed Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government, and one issue that unites the parties is their commitment to strengthening the current data protection regime implemented under the Labour government.

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The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has posted to its website a notification form that may be used to report breaches of unsecured protected health information to the agency.  Although some state agencies requiring notice of a breach employ a standard reporting form, the form issued by HHS has several unique features and