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Data Protection vs. Freedom of Information by Paul Ticher

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CHAPTER 9: WHEN SHOULD PERSONAL DATA BE RELEASED?

There are two situations in which information about individuals may be included in material released under freedom of information:

•  Where the information does not qualify as personal data because the person(s) is not identifiable or their identity is entirely incidental.

•  Where the information is personal data – because it is about the individual(s) in some way – but where there is no breach of the data protection principles in disclosing it and the public interest in disclosure outweighs any individual interest in non-disclosure.

Category (e) (unstructured manual data) is exempt from most of the data protection principles apart from principle 4 (the requirement for accuracy) and those parts ...

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