All research is in the public interest…

…not really and that is why a lot of research has to have ethics approval. Don’t get me wrong, research should be pushing the boundaries but history has shown that what may be acceptable research to some as just “pure science” may challenge the moral and ethical values of others. That is why when dealing … Read more

What has been will be again,what has been done will be done again;there is nothing new under the sun.

Being a bit cynical quoting something from the Bible (no – I’m not religious) but it does state what seems to be happening at the moment. People are forgetting/not learning the basics, trying to reinvent the wheel, and ignoring lessons learned because they are an inconvenient truth. The NHSE push towards trying to simplify IG … Read more

A certain individual is going to the ICO

Just proves that politics says one thing, having some things supported by the law means that you benefit, even where you disagreed with the people who made it law. I’m not sure whether they are going to win their case but the problems they have faced has raised the profile of data protection.

Subject Access Requests are NOT a new requirement

The difficulty is the pressure it places on organisations because you cannot charge to provide a copy of what has been requested. For large NHS organisations that can be a significant cost burden with a lot of hidden costs, especially where you are asking clinical staff to take time out from their frontline jobs to … Read more

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No reason why organisations should not use it but they need to understand what it actually does Revealed: Metropolitan police shared sensitive data about crime victims with Facebook (

Gambling and data protection

ICO backs new data sharing schemes to protect gamblers from harm | ICO – really not sure that if you have an addiction that this type of check will work and may have adverse consequences in the long term if someone turns their life around.

Is 15 days a good response time?

Not if the answer you have to resolve requires you to find it in 2 days. The ICO has set up a service linked to finding answers to data sharing – pre-pandemic that timescale would have been ok. Post-pandemic expectations are higher with a need to work far faster.

Data quality

That basically means that the data we use is accurate, and when it is not accurate, we can put it right. There seems to be a fire-and-forget approach by a lot of organisations that seem to be if something is entered on the system and it is wrong, then no one has the responsibility to … Read more