MoJ put on notice by information commissioner

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has become the first central government department to be served with an enforcement notice by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). It was rapped over the knuckles last month for delays in responding to ‘subject access requests’ – inquiries by individuals on data held about them. The Data Protection Act 1998 requires data controllers to respond to such requests ‘without undue delay’.According to the notice, dated 21 December, the information commissioner has considered ‘a large number’ of complaints about the department’s handling of subect access requests. ‘On 28 July 2017, the data controller had a backlog of 919 subject access requests from individuals, some of which dated back to 2012,’ the notice states. While progress had been made towards eliminating the backlog by October 2018, on 10 November 2017 the MoJ had 793 cases over 40 days old.’The commissioner takes the view that damage or distress to individuals is likely as a result of them being denied the opportunity of correcting inaccurate personal data about them, which may be processed by the data controller, because they are unable to establish what personal data are being processed within the statutory timescale.’The notice also cites article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, stating that the ‘right to respect for private and family life, home and correspondence… has been unlawfully interfered with by reason of the failure of the data controller to respond to subject access requests in compliance with the DPA’.Among other measures, the notice requires the secretary of state for justice to inform the individuals with outstanding requests by 31 October 2018 whether any personal data about them has been processed and to supply each of them with a copy of any such personal data so processed. The secretary of state must also provide the commissioner with a monthly progress report. The serving of an enforcement notice on Whitehall is the latest indication of a tough approach by Elizabeth Denham, who took up the position of information commmissioner in July 2016. Over the past decade the ICO has issued some 155 enforcement notices, the largest number against marketing businesses. While 19 have been served on local authorities, this is the first against central government. In a formal statement, the MoJ said: ‘We have left no stone unturned in ensuring the historical backlog in responding to special access requests from offenders is addressed. The Information Commissioner has recognised our plan is robust and it is delivering results at pace and ahead of schedule.’Given the marked improvements already brought about by our urgent action in this area, we are very disappointed the Information Commissioner has decided to take formal action at this time.’We are committed to transparency and improving understanding of how the justice system works but the information we handle is often highly sensitive and we must weigh these interests with our responsibility never to put children, vulnerable victims, witnesses, staff or criminal investigations at risk.’last_img read more

MEDIC Regional Blood Center has critical need for several blood types

first_imgKNOXVILLE, TN (WLAF) – MEDIC Regional Blood Center is now at the critical level for O Positive, O Negative and A  Positive blood types.WHO:             MEDIC Regional Blood CenterWHAT:            MEDIC Regional Blood Center is now at the critical level for O Positive, O Negative and A Positive blood types.WHEN:           Immediate NeedWHERE:         MEDIC Regional Blood Center Donor Centers (Downtown Knoxville, Farragut, Athens and Crossville)                   Location Hours and Directions and Mobile Blood Drive List:  www.medicblood.org                        Note: MEDIC is requiring donors at community drives (mobile buses, churches, businesses or other community organizations) to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one. MEDIC is strongly encouraging donors who give at donor centers to wear a mask or face covering.                        Appointments can be made online at www.medicblood.org using the donate link. Appointments can also be made by calling 865-524-3074.MEDIC is allowing walk-in donors as well. WHY:              MEDIC Regional Blood Center has seen an increase in demand for blood products and is currently experiencing a critical need.                    MEDIC continues to follow social distancing guidelines and will continue wellness checks upon entry at all locations and drives.Donors are strongly encouraged to make appointments to donate. Additionally, they are encouraged to wear their own mask when onsite.As a reminder, the blood on the shelves now is what would be used in a trauma event and it takes three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.          OTHER:        Through June, all donors are entered to win one of the following:$500 E-Gift CardFree Month of Mosquito Protection from Preferred PestFood City Gift CardHard Knox Pizza Gift CardWEBSITE:       www.medicblood.orgSOCIALMEDIA:          Facebook: @medicbloodTwitter: @medicbloodInstagram: @medicbloodcenter(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/04/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Trump targets up to $60B in Chinese imports with new tariffs

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump announced Thursday his plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion annually in Chinese imports, designed as retaliation for an administration report that will outline Beijing’s violation of U.S. intellectual property rights.“This is the first of many,” the president said as he signed a presidential memorandum directing the U.S. Trade Representative to publish a proposed list of products in 15 days along with an intended tariff increase, after which the list will be opened up for public comment.Trump said he has spoken to China’s President Xi Jinping about the actions and that he continues to have “tremendous respect” for him.“We have a great relationship, ” Trump said.” They’re helping us a lot in North Korea. And that’s China. But we have a trade deficit, depending on the way you calculate, of $504 billion. Now, some people would say it’s really $375 billion — many different ways of looking at it. But any way you look at it, it is the largest deficit of any country in the history of our world. It’s out of control.”“The word is ‘reciprocal,’” Trump said. “That’s the word I want everyone to remember. We want reciprocal, mirror. Some people call it a mirror tariff,” he said, adding that Thursday’s action should have been taken years ago.Primary sectors subject to the tariffs, according to the White House, will be aerospace, information communication technology, and machinery.Earlier, an administration official briefing reporters said up to $50 billion in Chinese imports would be affected.“Based upon the harm that is substantiated by the report, I think that about $50 billion is designed to offset the gains that the Chinese have received through their unfair trade practices,” the official said.The memorandum directs the U.S. Trade Representative to file a dispute proceeding against China with the World Trade Organization aimed at targeting what the Trump administration is calling China’s “discriminatory licensing practices.” The president is also directing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to propose within 60 days other potential executive actions he can pursue that will restrict investment by China in sensitive U.S. technology.The announcement comes as the administration begins rolling out new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and as China has already threatened retaliatory actions against any punitive trade actions by the U.S. Economists have expressed growing worry that the president’s heavy-handed moves could spark a trade war. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more