Calum Douglas Liddle


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Personal Statement

KE Associate managing the Information Governance and Policy Unit, in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. The Unit has a particular emphasis on practitioner training events in Freedom of Information and Data Protection with an in-house coaching and consultancy function, too.

Industrial Relevance

I was previously employed by the United Kingdom information and privacy regulator, namely, the Information Commissioner’s Office in 2011. Here, I was responsible for investigating alleged breaches of the UK and English information laws, negotiating and, where necessary, drafting statutory decision notices for the BBC, Bank of England, NS&I, Royal Mail and the Forestry Commission, among others. I was the strategic contact and compliance liaison for the British government’s company for high speed rail development, namely, HS2 Ltd. And I handled a bountiful case load of complex complaints relating to alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 by financial institutions, the judiciary and police. Following on, for two years I was a private information governance consultant for Scottish public authorities (and worked on some of the country's most high-profile FOI requests (and disclosures)). I saw public authorities through the appeals process e.g. preparing submissions to the Scottish Information Commissioner and undertaking the negotiations where necessary. I am also expert with DPA 1998 and, as such, drafted privacy, data sharing and other data protection policies for some of Scotland's largest government agencies. I worked with SMEs and their DP requirements: staff training, compliance checks, data audits and crisis management in response to any breaches, among other things. I also committed time and professional work, on a pro bono basis, to persons struggling, for whatever reason, to employ their statutory information rights; this might extend itself to, for example, persons interned or infirm. I am a volunteer researcher to the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland. I’ve spoken at numerous conferences and industry gatherings and, in all the circumstances, I am a well-recognised face on the information governance circuit in Scotland.

Expertise & Capabilities

CPD Workshops in FOI and Data Protection

Tailored in-house FOI, EIR and Data Protection Coaching

Audit and Compliance

Policy Formation

FOI and DP Case Consultancy

Research Interests

Freedom of Information; Open Government; Data Protection; Privacy; Surveillance; Information Governance.

Academic / Professional qualifications

Pending Viva - Doctor of Philosophy: A Comparative Study of the Home Nation Freedom of Information Regimes (University of Strathclyde, 2016).

Master of Laws with Distinction: Innovation, Technology and the Law (University of Edinburgh, 2011).

Bachelor Degree with First-Class Honours: Journalism (Edinburgh Napier University, 2010).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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