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Europa: Big Data  

Data has become a key asset for the economy and our societies similar to the classic categories of human and financial resources. Whether it is geographical information, statistics, weather data, research data, transport data, energy consumption data, or health data, the need to make sense of Big Data is leading to innovations in technology, development of new tools and new skills.

Europa: European Commission: Justice: Data Protection  

Reform of data protection legislation In 2012, the Commission proposed a major reform of the EU legal framework on the protection of personal data. The new proposals will strengthen individual rights and tackle the challenges of globalisation and new technologies.

GOV.UK: Surveillance and Counter-terrorism  

RIPA is the law governing the use of covert techniques by public authorities. It requires that when public authorities, such as the police or government departments, need to use covert techniques to obtain private information about someone, they do it in a way that is necessary, proportionate, and compatible with human rights.

Information Commissioner's Office Guidance  

For organisations: Find out about your obligations and how to comply, including protecting personal information and providing access to official information. For the public: Need help accessing your personal data? Want to get information from a public authority? Receiving nuisance calls?

Services: Law Publishers


PDP (formerly Privacy and Data Protection) is the leading supplier of compliance services to public, private and third sector organisations.

Privacy Laws and Business  

Privacy Laws and Business provides an independent privacy laws information service to many of the world’s largest companies, specialist lawyers and has over 2000 clients in 53 countries.

The Directory: Courts and Tribunals: Tribunals

Investigatory Powers Tribunal  

Exists to investigate complaints about conduct by various public bodies, in relation to you, your property or communications.

The Directory: European and EU Institutions


Europol is the European Union law enforcement organisation that handles criminal intelligence. Its aim is to improve the effectiveness and co operation between the competent authorities of the Member States in preventing and combating terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and serious international organised crime.

The Directory: Government Departments

The Directory: Human Rights Organisations

Campaign for Freedom of Information  Live bookmark  

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is the UK's leading voice defending freedom of information. We advise the public on using the FOI Act, encourage good practice by authorities, provide FOI training and try to improve how the Act works. The Campaign is in financial difficulty and urgently needs your help to continue this important work.

Using the FOI Act, 24 October 2018
Scottish Public Information Forum 28 September 2018
New report proposes extending NHS safety investigation secrecy
Information Commissioner & Tribunal Decisions – what do they mean in practice
Response to the ICO’s call for comments on its draft ‘Regulatory Action Policy’
Submission on NHS secrecy to Joint Committee
Andy Slaughter MP’s 2nd reading speech
Parliament to debate bill to bring contractors, housing associations and others under FOI

Privacy International  

Human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance by governments and corporations.

The Directory: Information Rights Organisations

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK)  

Promoting free speech and privacy on the Internet and raising public awareness of these important issues.

Data Protection Forum  

Provides a focus for the collection, formulation, exchange and communication of information on data protection.

Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)  

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. ICO is an executive non-departmental public body of the Ministry of Justice

National Association of Data Protection Officers (NADPO)  

Group of Local Government Officers responsible for Data Protection matters who meet informally and discuss their particular problems, exchange ideas and express views.

Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC)  

A tribunal non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office set up in 1999 to promote an effective and ethical process for the authorisation of covert surveillance in accordance with legislation and provide public reassurance about the authorisation of covert surveillance.

Safe Harbor List  

List of US companies that adhere to the safe harbour framework developed by the US Department of Commerce in coordination with the European Commission. The safe harbor provides guidance for US organizations on how to provide 'adequate protection' for personal data from Europe as required by the European Union's Directive on Data Protection.

Scottish Information Commissioner  

The Scottish Information Commissioner is an independent public official, appointed by the Queen following nomination by the Scottish Parliament whose main task is to enforce the new right to access public information created by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act.

The Directory: Public Bodies I

Information Commissioner's Office  

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. ICO is an executive non-departmental public body of the Ministry of Justice