Archives for November 25th, 2003

LIVERPOOL VENTURE LINKS LIBRARY TO ONE STOP SHOP

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 November, 2003

People living in the Garston area of Liverpool can now get council tax advice, computer courses, books and benefits all under one roof following the official opening last night of the city’s second joint Library and ‘One Stop Shop’ for council services. The building is the ninth new or refurbished library opened in the city in the last four years, and the eighth ‘One Stop Shop’.The centre means local residents have the latest in library services, from book borrowing to free access to e-mail and the Internet. They can also sign up for free computer courses. At the same time they can get information and advice on range of council services from staff who can use new technology to cut waiting times and improve customer service.

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PUBLIC SECTOR GETS LEGAL GUIDANCE ON SHARING DATA

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 November, 2003

New guidance clarifying the existing legal powers available to public authorities to share personal data has been published by the government. It is designed to act as a route-map through the law to assist public authorities with data sharing issues and concerns.The guidance has been drawn up by lawyers at the Department for Constitutional Affairs with significant input from legal advisers and other officials across government and in consultation with the Information Commissioner and the Local Government Association. It covers those areas of the law – administrative, human rights, common law duty of confidentiality and data protection – that have an impact on whether and how the public sector can share personal data for legitimate and appropriate purposes.

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