• Explanation on the “the Freedom of Information Act

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BTEC Unit 16 Understand how to handle information in social care settings In red is the work you have done and just need to copy and paste over Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 To complete this outcome you need to • Explain the following acts Freedom of Information Act Data Protection Human Rights Safeguarding Regulations The Equality Act • Explanation on the “The Freedom of Information Act” The right to see a wide range of public information The Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to ask any public body for all the information they have on any subject you choose. Unless there’s a good reason, the organisation must provide the information within 20 working days. You can also ask for all the personal information they hold on you. Everyone can make a request for information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality, or where you live. You can ask for any information at all - but some information might be withheld to protect various interests which are allowed for by the Act. If this is case, the public authority must tell you why they have withheld information. If you ask for information about yourself, then your request will be handled under the Data Protection Act. Scotland has its own Freedom of Information Act, which is very similar to the England, Wales and Northern Ireland Act. • Explanation on “Data Protection Act” Is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK. Although the Act itself does not mention privacy, it was enacted to bring UK law into line with the European Directive of 1995 which required Member States to protect people's fundamental rights and freedoms and in
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