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Published on 29 January 2013

Long Arm of the Law!

Over the years I have said many times that Records Management has moved out of the post room, into the admin office and through to the ‘board-room’, no longer it is the domain of any particular area, but now intrinsically joined up. I think this is further backed up by this well written white paper…….

http://www.irms.org.uk/images/resources/infoguides/irm_in_difficult_economic_times_april_2011.pdf

In this document and I quote from the paper found on the IRMS web site:

Complying with the Law

Failure to comply with legislation relating to information and records sees an organisation, its employees and agents exposed to the risk of prosecution. This failure can also lead to an adverse impact on an organisation's reputation, something which can be very costly indeed.

Effective information and records management will help an organisation make sense of this increasingly complex area. It can then put in place mechanisms that will see an organisation achieve compliance with legislation relating to its information and records. This includes laws that apply to an organisation’s business and as well as those which apply to information and records in general.

The ever-expanding raft of information and records-related legislation varies in its detail from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In England, which has a typical array of such legislation, just ten of the acts and regulations with information and records compliance considerations are the:

  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995 etc
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • Companies Act 2006 etc;
  • Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the
  • Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005”

I would be intrigued to hear of any others that you have come across.