United Kingdom: Data Protection Act Guidelines – a Practical Summary
23 March 2004
Article by Sarah G Staines
Privacy and data protection has been the subject of considerable recent public comment. The
Humberside Police made an extraordinary decision to dispose of information relating to the "Soham"
murderer. A gas supplier has been vilified over the death of two vulnerable customers, when it stated
it could not provide social services with their details under privacy rules. Companies have received
official looking letters from bogus "Data Protection" agencies asking for sums far in excess of the
statutory notification fee of £35 to act as a mere post-box.
United Kingdom: Disclosure of Electronic Documents
28 March 2003
In this article we consider issues relating to disclosure of electronically-stored documents which are
almost certain to arise whenever significant commercial litigation is in prospect. Recent high profile
cases have shown they can be vital pieces of evidence which must be considered by those involved in
There are still very few rules which provide specifically for the way electronic documents are to be
disclosed – English civil procedure makes no general distinction between the disclosure of a paper or
Secret files reveal plans to evacuate the Queen before a
Soviet nuclear attack
By Elizabeth Day
Secret Government files that detail the evacuation plans for
the Queen in the event of a nuclear attack on Britain are to
be released to the public for the first time.
The files, drawn up in the 1950s and 1960s, form part of a
forthcoming exhibition by the National Archives outlining
the rescue operation for the Queen in case of nuclear war
with the Soviet Union.
They're out to get me: Lord Mayor
BRISBANE lord mayor-elect Campbell Newman says he is the target of an
orchestrated campaign to discredit him and that wheelie bins full of documents
have been taken away from city hall.
A Liberal, Mr Newman was elected mayor of Brisbane on Saturday, but will face
a council chamber dominated by Labor councillors.
"I am now thoroughly convinced that there is a concerted, systematic orchestrated
effort to destroy, shred, dispose of documents that are owned by the people of
Brisbane," Mr Newman told ABC radio.
The Japan Times
Probe data leaked onto Net off officer's PC:
KYOTO (Kyodo) Kyoto Prefectural Police said Monday that 19 pages of
investigative records, including personal information on crime victims, were
accidentally leaked onto the Internet by one of its officers who had stored the data
on a personal computer.
Records On Sleaze Go Missing
The East African Standard (Nairobi)
March 30, 2004
Posted to the web March 30, 2004
Documents implicating former chief officers and some employees at the
Iten-Tambach town council in the misappropriation of funds have gone missing.
Freedom of Information hits 22 new agencies
With major provisions of the Freedom of Information Act due
to come into force on 1st January 2005, the Government
yesterday laid an Order before Parliament to add 22 public
authorities to the list of those that have to comply with the
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applies only to
England, Ireland and Wales – Scotland has similar but
separate legislation – and will require a transformation in the
way public authorities deal with information requests from
the general public.
Feminist Library may be
30 March 2004
Feminist Library at St
George's Circus has
lost its funding and is
Netherfield's glass act proves a worldwide success
NETHERFIELD Visual, which makes showcases for museums, has been
shortlisted for the international business award after winning a Â£500,000
contract to fit out Bill Clintonâ€™s presidential library.
The New Nation
Mar 31, 2004, 12:05
COMPUTER is a tool which is making
government administration more efficient
in the developed countries. But even a
poor and developing country like
Bangladesh can start making good use of
the computers to achieve efficacy and
transparency in its governmental
functions. There are many areas in
Bangladesh where the use of the computer
can revolutionise the government
Mauritius archives, slavery and research
L'Express (Port Louis)
March 31, 2004
Posted to the web March 31, 2004
Fifty years ago, the publication of the Bibliography of Mauritius 1502 - 1954 laid the foundation for historical research in Mauritius. This very important tool for research (884 pages) was going to open Mauritian history to an international audience for the first time. At that time, UNESCO was encouraging all countries of the world to set up their bibliographies.
Obsolescence Presents Major Challenges
Business Day (Johannesburg)
April 1, 2004
Posted to the web April 1, 2004
UK Domesday content lost because interactive video disks can no longer
THE IT industry is good at providing solutions to problems but pays little attention to whether these will be valid in the future.
Data storage is a good example of this, says Metrofile marketing director
"The archivists in the basement worry about the implications of long-term retention of storage but IT does not."
BRITAIN'S COLD WAR SECRETS REVEALED AT THE
By Richard Gurner
Checking no-one was following him, Richard Gurner destroyed a
few documents and made for the capital to get the truth behind the
Declassified top-secret documents on show at the National
Archives demonstrate how worried the British Government was
by the nuclear threat posed by Russia during the cold war.
The Secret State exhibition is on display from April 2 to October
31 and is a vast collection of documents, films, letters, and public
information leaflets that give a glimpse into Britain’s past.
Unearthing botany's Indiana Jones
RARE archive images and film footage of a Scots botanist who was one of
the world’s foremost plant collectors and who transformed Britain’s
gardens are to be exhibited at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh
The never before seen images will form part of an exhibition, opening
tomorrow, celebrating the life of George Forrest, and marking the
centenary of his first expedition to China in 1904.
Saving Democracy from the
Steven Clift, CIO, Sydney
For the past 10 years, governments have had unprecedented opportunities to use technology to
connect directly with citizens. So why haven’t they?
“Is this the end of politics as we know it?”
In the United States, journalists around the country were recently falling over each other to write their
local article on the Internet and the presidential election. People are using the Internet to “MeetUp.com”
and get involved in the presidential campaign of their choice. It is a real story.
I was actually asked the “end of politics” question by a reporter back in 1994 when E-Democracy.Org
created the world’s first election-oriented Web site. Since then I have seen waves of excess hype and
scepticism about the role of new media in elections, governance and community.
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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