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Directorate of Governance and Legal Services

Information Governance

What is information governance?

At Queen Mary University of London, information governance consists of the policies, procedures and other controls for managing information and complying with legal and operational requirements. It includes freedom of information, data protection, information security and records management.

Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 has the aim of promoting greater openness about the way public authorities operate. The Act provides a statutory right with effect from 1 January 2005 for members of the public to have access to information held by public authorities, subject to certain exemptions.

Queen Mary's FOI web pages contain further information and advice for members of Queen Mary on the Freedom of Information Act, and on responding to requests.

Data protection

Data protection legislation in the U.K. consists of the General Data Protection Regulation accompanied by the Data Protection Act 2018. Underlying the legislation is a set of principles governing good practice which underpin Queen Mary's approach to data protection. Queen Mary has a Data Protection Policy [PDF 268KB] setting out these principles and the rights and responsibilities of it as a data controller and its data subjects. 

Queen Mary's Data protection web page contains further information.

Records management

Managing records and information through their lifecycle can help you achieve greater compliance and work more effectively. See the Records management web pages for more details.

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