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Data Protection and Freedom of Information

19 May 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Margaret Keyse and Ken Macdonald

A short biography – Margaret Keyse

Margaret has been the Scottish Information Commissioner’s Head of Enforcement since July 2003. She and her team carry out investigations to determine whether public authorities have complied with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

She qualified as a solicitor in 1994. She provides advice to the Commissioner on freedom of information matters and on appeals to the Court of Session and Supreme Court against the Commissioner’s decisions.

Prior to her move to St Andrews, Margaret was Principal Solicitor with Angus Council, where she focussed mainly on data protection issues and carried out legal work for social services.


Margaret will give an introduction to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, looking at which bodies in Scotland are subject to the FOI Act and how it can be used. She’ll talk about the role of the Scottish Information Commissioner and about some of high profile decisions issued by the Commissioner since the FOI Act came into force in Scotland in 2005. For example, did you know that the Scottish Information Commissioner ordered MSPs’ expenses to be published years before MPs’ expenses were published at Westminster?

She’ll also talk about the interaction between FOI and the Data Protection Act 1998 and about when personal data can (and can’t) be disclosed under the FOI Act.

A short biography – Ken Macdonald

Ken joined the (UK) Information Commissioner’s Office in August 2005 as Assistant Commissioner for Scotland and his remit was extended to include Northern Ireland in 2010. In Scotland, his team’s main role is to raise awareness of data protection with both organisations and individuals and to influence public policy by working closely with government and other bodies. He is a member of the ICO’s Senior Management Team.

Before joining the ICO, Ken had worked in local government, economic consultancy and higher education (including a period as a lecturer in economics at Dundee Institute of Technology, now Abertay University).


Ken will give an introduction to the role of the UK Information Commissioner in Scotland but will focus on issues around data protection. Using real examples, he will dispel some of the myths surrounding data protection and he’ll also talk about some of the recent cases where regulatory action has been taken by the Commissioner, including two from Scotland which led to fines of almost £400k being imposed.


19 May 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Kydd Building – BCS Tayside
Abertay University, Bell Street
Dundee, DD1 1HG
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