From the Local Government department at Eversheds, this note provides a good summary briefing on the changes in the regulations that allows the ordinary citizen to access information and meetings by their local authority. With increased concerns about councils banning individuals from meetings, this new sets of regulations is vital reading for anyone concerned about the conduct of their council.
On October 8, 2012, the rapporteur of the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament, Mr. Jan Albrecht, published a first working document presenting certain orientations regarding the draft Regulation relating to personal data protection. In this document, he sets out some of the potential problems with the draft Regulation as it stands and aims to give some direction as to the scope of the Regulation’s terms. This is a very useful summary from Baker & McKenzie’s Paris office on the key points of the document, which also includes a brief note on the increased speed of the legislative process for the Regulation.
This short article from Stephanie Nelson, an Eversheds associate, provides a short glimpse at some of the commercial responses to the Government’s controversial plans to give the police increased powers to intercept a wider range of information transmitted online. As the worries and complaints continue to grow, it will be interesting to see how the Government reacts.