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Cornerstone on Information Law is a one-volume practical guide focused on data protection law, freedom of information and the environmental information regulations. Covering the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, the title is up to date with adaptations to UK data protection law in the event of Brexit; while also explaining the law before Brexit, or if it does not occur.

It is an essential reference work for Data Protection Officers/FOI Information Officers and busy in-house lawyers in local authorities and the public sector generally; and, those in large and small businesses with data protection responsibilities. It covers the essential areas for practitioners in this fast-changing framework.

The guide has been organised for easy navigation and browsing, with many real world examples and worked scenarios. It aims to form a bridge between the introductory and the detailed levels, avoiding an overly-detailed legal approach, while equipping readers with the knowledge they need to deal with both specific problems and day-to-day issues.

Key topics covered include:

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Data Protection Act 2018 (including exemptions from the GDPR)
A summary of the regime for law enforcement data processing
UK changes to data protection law in the event of Brexit
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Damien Welfare is a member of Cornerstone Barristers specialising in information law. He is also a contributor to Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct, and a Member of the Examination Board for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (

This book forms part of the successful 'Cornerstone on…' series of authoritative titles published by Bloomsbury Professional.

Public Law barristers at Cornerstone Barristers are recognised experts in Information Law (Data Protection, Freedom of Information, and the Environmental Information Regulations) and hold seminars and training on these topics.

This title is included in Bloomsbury Professional's Intellectual Property and IT online service.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Data Protection
1 Introduction and Key Points
2 GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018
3 Definitions in the GDPR and Territorial Scope
4 Data Protection Principles
5 Lawful Bases of Processing
6 Transparency and Privacy Notices
7 Right of Access
8 Other Individual Rights
9 Exemptions under the DPA 2018
10 Sharing Personal Data
11 International Transfers
12 Electronic Communications and Marketing
13 Data Protection Impact Assessments
14 Data Protection Officer
15 Data Breaches
16 Enforcement and Appeals
17 Law Enforcement Processing (DPA 2018, Part 3)
Part 2 Environmental Information
18 The Breadth and Importance of Environmental Information
19 Definition of Environmental Information
20 Similarities With, and Differences from, FOIA 2000
21 Handling EIR Requests
22 EIR Exceptions 1: Regulation 12(4)
23 EIR Exceptions 2: Regulation 12(5) and Personal Data
Part 3 Freedom of Information
24 Duties and Process
25 Freedom of Information Exemptions 1
26 Freedom of Information Exemptions 2
27 Personal Data in Information Requests
Appendix 1 – GDPR – (informal) List of Provisions
Appendix 2 – Correlation Table between GDPR Recitals and Articles
Appendix 3 – Data Protection Resources
Appendix 4 – Environmental Information Regulations ('EIR') Resources
Appendix 5 – Freedom of Information Act ('FOIA') Resources
Appendix 6 – Re-use of Public Sector Information

Product details

Published 27 Jun 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 664
ISBN 9781784514112
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Dimensions 248 x 156 mm
Series Cornerstone on...
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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