The Information Compliance Team is responsible for responding to Freedom of Information requests and liaising with colleagues across the University in coordinating that response, together with Subject Access Requests (SARs) under the Data Protection Act 2018. SARs may be made by anyone whose personal information has been processed by the University, including current and former students and staff. The co-ordination of responses to these requests requires a close working relationship with teams across the University.
There is also an information compliance governance role which includes the Officer providing expert advice, guidance and training to University staff on issues such as archiving and retention of personal data, data sharing agreements and potential data breaches (co-managed with ICT where appropriate). The Information Compliance Officers are the Data Protection Officer for the University.
The Officers also provide training to a network of information compliance representatives across the University and are instrumental in the development of relevant policies.
Freedom of Information
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, anyone is able to make a request to a public authority for information. The University of Lincoln, as a public authority as defined by the Act, is obliged to provide information either through its publication scheme or in response to requests made under the general right of access. To find out more please select a link:
The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) gives individuals the right to know what information is held about them and provides a framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly.
The Act works in two ways:
Firstly, it states that anyone who processes personal information must comply with its principles.
Secondly, it provides individuals with important rights, including the right to find out what personal information is held on computer and most paper records.
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If you have any questions, please contact one of our Information Compliance Officers:
Anne Jolly (firstname.lastname@example.org – 01522 886685)
Naomi Timings (email@example.com – 01522 886618)