When You Seek, Paper Hides
Until it created an online image archive, the New Mexico
Oil Conservation Division's well of 5 million paper
records was a bottomless pit.
Integrated Solutions, April 2004
Written by Tom von Gunden
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert
United Kingdom: Subject Access Requests – Guidance from the Court of Appeal
21 April 2004
In arguably the most important case since the Data Protection Act 1998 came into force, the
Court of Appeal (CA) has significantly narrowed the scope of an individual’s right of access to
"personal data". Durant -v-Financial Services Authority gives clear guidance on how
data controllers should approach subject access requests.
The CA considered the definition of "personal data" and concluded that it did not extend to all
information which mentions the data subject. In order to constitute "personal data", it must fall in
a "continuum of relevance or proximity to the data subject as distinct, say, from transactions or
matters in which he may have been involved to a greater or lesser degree". "Personal data" should
therefore be interpreted narrowly. It only encompasses information which affects a data
subject’s privacy, whether in his personal or family life, or his business or professional capacity.
The Mercury News
Posted on Wed, Apr. 21, 2004
Quattrone's lawyer upset with judge
SAYS BODY LANGUAGE, ACTIONS SIGNAL `IRRITATION' AT DEFENSE
By Deborah Lohse
NEW YORK - Tensions flared Tuesday between the top lawyer for former Silicon Valley financier Frank
Quattrone and the federal judge hearing his retrial on criminal charges that he obstructed justice.
After a morning of testimony, Quattrone's top lawyer John Keker complained out of earshot of jurors that
Judge Richard Owen's actions and body language were sending a signal to jurors that the judge feels
``extreme irritation'' toward the defense.
Quattrone is on trial a second time, after his first trial ended in the fall in a hung jury, on charges that he tried
to obstruct two investigations into how his firm allocated shares of hot initial public offerings during the stock
bubble more than three years ago. Prosecutors say he did so when he forwarded a colleague's e-mail Dec. 5,
2000, urging underlings to ``clean up'' files on stock deals. Quattrone denies the charges.
Outer Banks Sentinel
Journey to Justice: The calvary arrives, the cats are dead
BY SANDY SEMANS, SENTINEL STAFF
Editor's note: This is the ninth in a series about what happens when local government
operates outside the public view and how Hyde County residents are attempting to
regain control of their future through the use of civil litigation. The series will explain
how it all came about as the story moved through the various courts asked to deal with
violations of Open Meetings Laws, Public Record Laws, the civil litigation and criminal
charges still waiting to be tried. And, since this series began, the North Carolina
Supreme Court has been petitioned to review the civil case.
In October 1999, The Pamlico News reported that Hyde County Commissioner Troy
Mayo had done renovations on the courthouse and health department. The initial costs of
the projects were to be $97,000 for the courthouse and $35,900 for the health
department, but the final costs were $179,410.42 and $110,386.42, respectively.
Shortly thereafter, the newspaper filed a lawsuit against the Hyde County Board of
Commissioners after the board clearly violated the state's Open Meeting Laws by taking
its auditor into a closed session. The combined incidents led to the boiling over of an
already simmering pot as residents declared that they had had enough.
Utica Observer Dispatch
Meier law seeks to hike cost of police reports
Wed, Apr 21, 2004
A state senator wants to give municipalities the option of charging more for some
public police documents -- but it's not the added cost that's raising concerns.
State Sen. Raymond Meier, R-Western, introduced legislation Monday that would
allow municipalities to charge more for police agency records -- up to $15 per item
in some cases.
"It's taking staff time and so forth, and they're not getting compensated enough to
cover their costs," Meier said.
Avella parents group: Price for public records too steep
BY JOHN RICHARDS, Staff writer
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AVELLA - Parents requesting public records from
Avella Area School District are outraged that the district
wants to charge them an hourly rate to gather and sort
the various documents.
Much of the request involves funding, donations,
policies and receipts pertaining to the now-defunct
district cheerleading program. School directors took
steps April 14 to re-establish the program by adopting a
cheerleading handbook and job description for a coach,
as well as approving an advertisement for the position.
April 21, 2004 07:43
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Cut the Cost of Paying
by Ralph Gammon
No two companies handle the management and payment of invoices the same
way. While other typical forms-based processes have been put online or scanned
and automated with forms processing software, invoices remain a manual data
entry problem. Most organizations deal with a wide variety of suppliers, and
invoicing procedures aren't under their control. Because layouts vary from
document to document, invoices have been nearly impossible to automate.
Area Company Offers Advanced Compression Techniques
posted April 18, 2004
The advanced compression and encryption technologies, previously only sold to the
military, are now available to consumers and businesses through an area company.
Databolts, Inc., a Tennessee-based special technology integrator and international
distributor, has begun promoting these technologies "that offer substantial size
reduction and security for electronic data files."
The software, developed by Impact Labs, Inc., offers significantly enhanced storage
and transmission cost savings, officials said.
You know those CD-Rs
that you've trusted your
memories to? They
could be little more use
than coasters after just
two years. Michael
21 April 2004
Are we putting too much faith in the ubiquitous
"recordable CD", or CD-R? It is undeniably one
of the most useful means of storage around,
offering an inexpensive way to save digital
photographs, music and files and costing less
than 50 pence per disc.
When it comes to implementing a paperless system,
manufacturers are finding that smaller,
self-contained projects are more successful than
company-wide initiatives. Pamela Malinoski reports
The concept of the paperless office was born at the
beginning of the computer age. The idea that all
documents could move electronically and seamlessly
within and between organizations seemed a logical
expected outcome of computerization. Today, nearly
a quarter century later, few, if any, organizations
have truly achieved a paperless office. Why?
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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