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GDPR, Data Protecton Act 2018, Freedom of Information Act 2000 - ADAVISTA can guide you through it


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The company was founded by Mrs Robyn J Banks on 1st January 2005 to coincide with the implementation of the Freedom Of Information Act 2000.

Robyn is educated to A Level standard in a wide range of subjects, but her specialism at school was Modern Languages an interest she has continued ever since.  Her range of Languages covers most of the world French, German, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese are the main ones with a smattering of others thrown in, such as Moroccan Arabic and Norwegian.

Robyn has spent a lot of her “own” time over the years assisting people in charitable causes. Recently she has become a Lioness/Lion with the Lioness/Lion Club of East Anglia – which gives her more access to charity events to participate in.

After leaving school, Robyn fulfilled a lifes ambition to see the world through HM Diplomatic Service.  During her working life of 19 years with the Foreign Office, Robyn was lucky to travel the world and complete a wide variety of work. The most relevant being her work as a Trainer (accounts; IT; Data Protection and Freedom of Information) and her attaining Associate status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with a Certificate in Training Practices.  Robyn spent the last three years of her time in the Foreign Office as a Data Protection Casework Officer and Trainer putting the legislation into the workplace and training others in using the legislation as well as compliance.

During this last three years, Robyn became aware of the need  (in the private sector as well as the public sector) for guidance, help and training in this field of Access to Information.  This living legislation is not yet being used to its full potential by the very people it is designed to help - the general public.  Also companies have not been made aware of how to protect themselves against potential compensation claims and large enforcement notices more importantly, how they can use the Freedom of Information legislation to gain useful information themselves on competitors etc when working with public authorities such as schools, primary care trusts and local government.  At aDaVista, we are committed to providing every assistance in using this legislation, whether it be personal or non-personal data.  It is important to us to bring the legislation and your workplace together with minimal disruption and at reasonable cost with a human approach to the law.

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(More on FAQ page)

Q: Do I need to register a Notification with the Information Commissioners Office?

A: Regardless of how data are processed, compliance with the Act is a legal requirement. However, if you only hold data in a manual format, or electronically for three very specific reasons, then Notification may not be required. Best thing to be sure is check it out with a 'specialist'.


Q: What is the Freedom of Information Act 2000?

A: A piece of legislation permitting access to information held by public authorities - came into force 1st January 2005.

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