ELA Response to ICO consultation on subject access guidance

Date:
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published draft guidance on the right of access (known as subject access) under the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR). At 77 pages, this is more detailed than the guidance the ICO originally published in April 2018. It covers topics such as finding and retrieving the relevant information, how to supply the information, manifestly unfounded requests, claiming exemptions and dealing with information about third parties.

Further information is available here: wh.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=157493897966

ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee will be responding to the consultation and would like to invite ELA members to join the working party which will draft our response. We welcome applications from all members, including junior lawyers i.e. NQs to 3 PQE. The working party will be chaired by Stephen Ratcliffe, Baker & McKenzie LLP  and Catrina Smith, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.The consultation on the draft guidance closes on 12 February 2020,  so volunteers will need to have availability during January and early February to work on ELA’s response.

Please reply by 5pm on 16 December 2019, if you are interested in being involved. In view of the tight deadline an initial call has been planned for 18 December 2019 at 1pm. Please indicate whether you are able to make that time when you reply

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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