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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Privacy and FOI essentials for public sector investigators

I spoke at the 6th National Investigations Symposium last week on "Living with FOI and privacy laws: tips for investigators". A copy of my powerpoints used during the presentation is here and the text of a submitted paper is here.

The relevant privacy and FOI rules that apply to public sector agencies vary. Public sector investigators need to be familiar particularly with privacy laws and how the impact on the handling of personal information in the course of an investigation.

Non compliance with privacy laws by those charged with responsibility for investigating the compliance of colleagues with law and agency policy isn't a good look.

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