The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act was put in place to allow anyone, anywhere in the world, to request information held by a UK public authority. By law, a response to a request must generally be made within 20 working days.
There are strict rules governing information management at work. Although these rules are there to protect you, they are complex and it is easy to end up in trouble if you break them, particularly if your job involves managing sensitive information.
Members have the right to privacy and protection of sensitive personal data. This not only covers aspects like post and telephone communication, but email and screen monitoring software.
Your privacy rights are protected under two pieces of legislation: the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act. Because of the complexity of privacy issues, it is often important to have local agreements in place with employers. UNISON can help negotiate these agreements and can also fight for the rights of individual members whose privacy is threatened.