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Information Laws

What is Information Law?

Information law is a broad area of law that covers how organisations use information in their businesses. Information can take a variety of forms including commercial information that relates to a business and how it operates or personal information about people. Information law spans across a number of different pieces of legislation and the University has a dedicated team in place to ensure we comply with our legal obligations in this area. 

A brief summary of the core information laws is provided below. You can find more information by clicking on the appropriate links.

Freedom of Information Act (FOI)

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 promotes openness and accountability across the public sector by providing members of the public with a right of access to recorded information held by public sector organisations (public authorities).

As a public authority, we must comply with the Freedom of Information Act. Click the link  to make an FOI or EIR request.

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Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 provide public access to environmental information held by public authorities. EIR requests are managed separately to FOI requests and only allow people to access recorded environmental information.  

Data Protection Act (DPA)

When we collect, use or store personal data about you, we have to comply with UK data protection laws which are currently the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). These laws set rules around how organisations can use your data by puting in place data protection principles that they must follow. The UK-GDPR also provides everyone with a range of rights to ensure that they have greater control around how their data is managed.