In September, the Scottish Government announced a consultation on a Remedial Order that they’d brought into force on the 10th September. This, in practice, brought into force a filtering process that applied to standard and enhanced checks processed by Disclosure Scotland, similar to the filtering process operated by the Disclosure & Barring Service. Although our

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I was pleased to be invited to speak today at the ICO’s Data Protection Policy Conference. With the title “Privacy versus the right to know: balancing privacy and access to personal information in the internet era”, I was asked to come and take part in a panel discussion, “Technology, information and its consequences”, speaking alongside

We’re pleased to see that the Association of British Insurers has produced guidance for insurers which clarifies the position for insurers after section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 came into force earlier this year. For far too long now, some insurance companies have relied on dubious practices when dealing with claims, relying on

Two years on since the launch of the Ban the Box campaign, Business in the Community (BITC), who lead the campaign, have marked the anniversary by launching a free step-by-step guide to creating a fair recruitment process in dealing with criminal records. We’ve endorsed the campaign since it launched in October 2013 in response to

Today we’ve published our Autumn Newsletter. The newsletter provides an update of the news at Unlock in the last three months. It’s sent to everyone who’s on our public mailing list, and we hope it’s a useful way of keeping up to date with what we’ve been up to. Download the Autumn 2015 Newsletter.   

I’m pleased to report that I’ve been selected to be part of the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group on behalf of Unlock. The group, known as RR3, exists to build a strong and effective partnership between the voluntary sector, the Ministry of Justice, and the National Offender Management Service. The group is chaired by

We’ve submitted our written response to the consultation by the Department of Justice Northern Ireland on plans to introduce a filtering review process for criminal record checks in Northern Ireland. Broadly, we support the plans, but urge the Northern Ireland Assembly to go further, in the same way that we continue to urge the UK Government to

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At Unlock, we like to think of ourselves as making good use of social media as an effective way of communicating with a range of groups of people. Yet, if we’re being honest, although we try and make regular use of Twitter and Facebook, we’ve probably neglected the role of LinkedIn, and how it might

In an interesting development to the issue of the ‘google-effect’ and spent convictions, the Guardian has reported that Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner’s Office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. The search engine

Following up on my previous article, here is the second part of my blog originally published as a Clinks Guest Blog, in which I look at the changing relationship between the voluntary sector and probation service provision, and how Unlock is responding.            There’s one common factor amongst everyone who works with people on probation –

As part of this project, we’re promoting ‘Fair Chance Hiring’ policies in our approach to employers. ‘Fair Chance Hiring’ originates from the United States and has ‘Ban the Box’ at the heart of changes in the recruitment practice of employers. One of the first steps is to develop a set of high-level principles for putting ‘Fair

As part of our policy and campaign work, we always have to make the case for why people with convictions should be treated fairly. An effective way of doing this is by using real stories and voices that are rarely heard. That’s why we’re looking for volunteers to help us with some work we’re doing

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