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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).

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Projects 2012 2016

Information Governance and Policy Unit

Liddle, C. D.

11/04/16 → …

Project: Knowledge Exchange

AHRC Capacity Building Scheme | Liddle, Calum Douglas

McMenemy, D., Poulter, A. & Liddle, C. D.

AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)

1/10/121/10/15

Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

applicant
regime
freedom of information
scandal
narration

Research Output 2014 2015

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
Open Access
File
freedom of information
regime
private enterprise
public authorities
public service
Open Access
File
freedom of information
exemption
regime
costs
act

Activities 2015 2015

  • 6 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Council ‘keeping secrets’ as FoI snubs double

Calum Douglas Liddle (Advisor)
13 Jul 2015

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Freedom of information act ‘past its sell-by date’

Calum Douglas Liddle (Interviewee)
1 Jun 2015

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation