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Is the University of Leeds ignoring its data access legal obligations?

October 8, 2010

The website http://www.academicfoi.com/ is a resource that publishes the results of investigations into UK Universities through Freedom of Information legislation.

Their untold stories page gives details of the Employment Tribunal Claims and the non disclosure agreements (NDA or ‘gagging clauses’) applied by Universities in settling such claims.

Of all the Universities listed, the University of Leeds is the ONLY University to have the following written where the data should be visible:

“Request neither acknowledged nor responded to. No response received to four enquiries to the university press office. Complaint lodged with the Information Commissioner’s Office.”

The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

All staff and students of the University will find this public naming and shaming of their University deeply worrying. Does our University have a particularly bad record it wants to avoid being seen alongside all the data that all other Universities have quite happily provided? Or is it simply ignoring its legal obligations under data access legislation?

See the list of results here: http://www.academicfoi.com/untoldstories/index.htm

 

 

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