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IRMS is looking for volunteers

Monday, 28 September 2015

The IRMS is always looking for volunteers to help with our various activities however we are pleased to announce that we are looking for 2 specific roles to assit us as we grow and develop. Over the coming months and years the IRMS is looking to develop it's various tools and offerings and enhance how we interact with our members. As this is an exciting time with some key activities to undertake we are looking for a Communications Officer and a Commercial Development Officer to assist us.

If you have experience in either of these areas and want to contribute to a growing and vibrant society then get in touch.

To apply simply follow this link to the vacancies page of the IRMS website which details the job roles for both posts, criteria and how to apply. Closing date for both applications is Friday 16th October 2015 and if you have any queries or want to know more information on the amount of time commitment please do get in touch. 

We look forward to hearing from you.  


Scott Sammons CIPP/E, AMIRMS
Executive Treasurer, IRMS 

IRMS attends the Information Commissioner’s Office Annual report 2014/15 launch

Monday, 06 July 2015

As part of our programme to increase the Society's activity in the Sector and the profile of both the Society and the profession, on July 1st I attended the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) 2014/15 annual report launch event in London’s Whitehall on behalf of IRMS. Attended by various organisations ranging from training providers, local and central government right the way through to private sector organisations of all sizes. In total there were approximately 150 or so people attended.

This year the ICO celebrates 30 years since it was founded in its offices in Wilmslow. To mark the occasion, and immediately after the launch, the ICO was having a “party” at their HQ. A lot has changed at the ICO over the last 30 years (not just the name) and as we head further into 2015 and beyond yet more changes are coming.

The Commissioner confirmed that after discussions with Ministry of Justice the process to find a new Information Commissioner for the next term has begun. The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, also confirmed that things are well under way with regards to recruiting a replacement Data Protection Director & Deputy Commissioner replacing David Smith.

A link to the report is below but I have included a summary for quick reference. 

Data Protection & PECR:

  • The ICO outlined that the total number of data protection concerns received 4,981 (down on 2013)
  • The highest areas of complaint relate to Subject Access (46% of total) and data disclosure (18% of total).
  • As for percentage of sectors the biggest 3 remain Lenders (12%), Local Government (11%) & Health (10%).
  • £1,078,500 – total CMPs issued, £386,000 of which were for companies behind nuisance calls or texts
  • 11.4% rise in number of concerns raised about nuisance calls and texts (to 180,188)
  • 41 audits conducted of data controllers (as well as 58 advisory visits to SMEs)
  • Of the numbers of self-reported incidents to the ICO 1,677 were received of which 439 related to Health, 125 to Local Government and 79 to education.

While the number of self-reported incidents is still heavily public sector it’s worthy of note that there are still a large proportion come from the private sector.

Freedom of Information & EIR:

  • The total number of FOI concerns received by the ICO was 14,268 (down on 2013).
  • The biggest areas of complaint were Local Government (46%), Central Government (18%) and Police & Criminal Justice (11%). It’s worth noting that Local Government percentage of complaints increased slightly on 2013 as did the Police but for Central Government it has dropped from 26% to 18% this year.
  • Network Rail are now seen as a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act and to date it has already started to reveal some interesting information around Network Rail’s income. New figures released earlier this year show that Manchester Piccadilly’s much-maligned 30p charge for the use of its bathrooms made £435,651.30 in just 12 months.

Priorities for the coming year:

  • Within the next few weeks the ICO’s views on the Council EU DP Regulation text will be released.
  • Confirmation of whom the next DP Director will be from later this year and whom the next Commissioner will be from 2016.
  • Discussion and review of the outcomes of the triennial review of the ICO by the Ministry of Justice. While they are not ‘counting their chickens’ the ICO is hopeful of some positive feedback from the review.
  • Continuing their focus on advice and support (proactive) than the use of CMPs (civil monetary penalties).

A link to the ICO’s annual report can be found on their website here.


Scott Sammons CIPP/E, AMIRMS
Treasurer, IRMS Executive
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Apply Now for the Alison North New Professionals' Award

Monday, 06 July 2015

You can now submit applications for the Alison North New Professionals' Award. You can apply until 31st December 2015.

You can find out more information using the following link, 

IRMS016 – Rich Hale on Active Navigation | IRMS podcast series

Monday, 06 July 2015

In the latest episode of the IRMS podcast James Lappin interviews Rich Hale, Chief Technology Officer for Active Navigation. Rich discusses how an analytics tool works,  and the uses of analytics in informing actions on content held in repositories such as fileshares, SharePoint and email servers.  

The podcast is available here:   

Exec team line-up for 2015-16 announced

Thursday, 09 April 2015

Following the recent completion of the annual nomination process, the Exec team line-up for 2015-16 will be

Chair:  Meic Pierce Owen
Vice-Chair:  Shona Dunning
Secretary:  Fiona Kearney
Treasurer: Scott Sammons
Conference Director: Reynold Leming
Groups Director: Jane Proffitt
Training and Representation Director:  Emily Overton
Private Sector and Commercial Development Director:  Roger Poole
Marketing and Membership Growth Director:  James Ulph
Special Projects Director: Rob Hutton
Director with responsibility for Accreditation, Awards and Fellows:  Matthew Stephenson
Director with responsibility for Mentoring and International Development:  Dr Paul Duller
E-officer: Neil Reeves
Officer: Collin Crookes MBE

These roles will take effect as of AGM on 18 May.


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