NADPO was formed in 1993, to act as a network for the sharing of best practice and ideas between professionals working in the public and private sectors who are responsible for data protection and information handling.

Welcome to the National Association of Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officers

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As part of our drive to increase our profile, and get members even more benefits for their great value £130 per year fee, we have been in talks with various organisations, and I'm pleased to announce that we have negotiated

(1) FREE access for members to Whitehall Media’s GOVSEC conference on 24 September in London - a copy of the fliyer has been posted in the Members only documents area of this site. You can register for it by following the "Register Now" link on this page but in order to avoia a charge you will need to quote a code that is being sent to NADPO Members by email. 

(2) Tavistock Media are offering NADPO members a 20% DISCOUNT on fees for their Data Protection and Privacy event on 30 September 2014 at St James’s Court Hotel, London. No code needed this time, a copy of the flyer has been posted in the Members only document area of this site, and it'll take you to an option to book at the NADPO rates.  Programme: 1. Explore the potential impact of the European Court’s ruling in the “right to be forgotten”; 2. Understand the likely short and long term effects ofthe Draft Data Protection Regulation in practice; 3. Hear direct from the ICO on the latest developments in data anonymisation; 4. Examine both the latest and the perennial problems surrounding international data transfers; 5. Gain expert insights into dealing with data breaches; 6. Select your choice of roundtable discussion from - Data protection in the cloud, - Subject Access Requests, - Enforcement and Sanctions Your expert speaker panel includes: Iain Bourne, Group Manager, Policy, Information Commissioner’s Office; William Malcolm, Senior Privacy Counsel, Google; Vivienne Artz, Managing Director, IP and IT, Citi; Cameron Craig, Deputy General Counsel, Group Head of Data Privacy, HSBC; Steve Wright, Chief Privacy Officer, Unilever; Neil Matthews, Global Marketing Data Protection & Privacy; Manager, Dell; Helen Woollett, Global Head of Privacy, Barclays; Seth Berman, Executive Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg; Matthew Silva, Chief Privacy Counsel, GE Healthcare; Michelle Levin, EMEA Privacy Counsel, Aon UK; Matthew Brown, VP Product Management, Workshare.  Roundtables hosted by: Ruth Boardman, Partner, Bird & Bird; Bridget Treacy, Partner, Hunton & Williams; Mark Watts, Partner, Bristows; Eduardo Ustaran, Partner, Hogan Lovells

I hope that you'll be able to take advantage of these great offers, and look out for similar ones in the future.

The next NADPO seminar -  “Hot Information” -  will take place 3 October 2014 in central Birmingham. Please let us know by email if you would like to book a place. 

 The Speakers (3rd October)

·         Tim Pitt-Payne, 11KBW – on Privacy and Enhanced CRB checks – what have the courts told us recently?

·         Malkiat Thiarai, Birmingham City Council – how Birmingham City Council is sharing data to improve Children’s Services

·         Alison Levy, CRI – Case studies in sharing Confidential Information for the rehabilitation of addicts and offenders

·         Mark Eliot, UKAN – Anonymisation: Theory and Practice

Timing: 11am- 3.30pm  (coffee available from 10am)

Venue - Auditorium G14,  Birmingham City Council, 10 Woodcock St, Birmingham B7 4BL  (if you are using SatNav, use this postcode:  B7 4BG)

By Car -  Exit the M6 at Junction 6, and follow signs for the A38(M) to the city centre.  Stay on the A38(M), Aston Expressway, for approximately two miles until you reach Dartmouth Circus.  Follow the signs for the A4540 onto Dartmouth Middleway.  At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Lister Street and then left into Holt St, where the entrance to the car park is located. 

By Train -nearest stations

  • Birmingham New Street (Virgin trains, Euston line)
  • Birmingam Snow Hill OR Birmingham Moor Street (Chiltern Railways, Marylebone line)

Anyone requiring car parking needs to email Malkiat Thiarai [] with their name and car registration details.   There are a small number of parking spaces for visitors, at the site, which are available first come, first served.

Catering – Lunch will be provided.  Let us know well ahead, if you need a special meal.

Do let us know if you are coming, - so we can count numbers for seats and catering - I hope to see you on the day.  Be in touch if you have questions.  You can bring an additional delegate, for £50 a head, should you wish. 


Pre-book delegate places at our seminars and conferences by email - priority will be given to NADPO members, followed by members of the Data Protection Forum (with whom we have certain reciprocal arrangements). Remaining places will be offered to non-members at £50 each; if you wish to attend as NADPO or DPF member or as non-member guest please email

Membership costs £130 per year - to include at least 4 events and online access to our Members Forum.

View presentation slides from past events with your NADPO membership login & password at  


STAN RAWLINS 1930-2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent death of Stan Rawlins, the founder of NADPO in 1993, and loyal supporter and member ever since.

Peter Driscoll, NADPO Chair, said "to those of us who knew Stan well it seems that it is the passing of an era".

Jonathan Bamford, Head of Strategic Liaison at the Information Commissioner’s Office, told NADPO “Stan made a real difference to the Data Protection landscape at national level with his vision and determination to set up NADPO and give Data Protection Officers a voice. That helped inform our current Data Protection law and the ICO's regulatory approach. The information rights community is the poorer for his passing”.

Martin Gibson, Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire County Council, and one of the longest-standing NADPO members, has provided a remembrance of Stan, which, with Martin's permission, we reproduce here.

"Stan was a lovely man and helped me to understand a complex and difficult piece of legislation back in the early days of data protection.

Back in 1992, I was appointed data protection officer at Buckinghamshire County Council. I was very wet behind the ears with no knowledge of the subject and my predecessor in the post said that data protection was ‘a piece of cake, you get a couple of requests a year, renew the registration every 3 years and that’s it’. He added that ‘if you really have any problems, Stan Rawlings at Berkshire County Council will put you right, there’s not much he doesn’t know’.

My predecessor was correct about Stan, there wasn’t much that he didn’t know and his practical advice always given patiently and generously to a confused rookie practitioner, was gratefully received. On the very odd occasion where Stan didn’t have the answer, he always had the contact number of the relevant individual at the Commissioner’s office who could help you through the problem. I learned a great deal from Stan about data protection and through his contacts, I learned a great deal more. I have many reasons for being grateful to him.

Stan set up the Southern Data Protection Officers Group and I remember travelling to the plush Berkshire County Council offices at Reading in the early 90s to listen to information professionals Stan had assembled which also invariably included a representative from the Commissioner’s office who was normally a much younger Jonathan Bamford to help guide us through the intricacies of this new legislation.

Stan was a regular visitor to the NADPO AGMs and I recall chatting to him every year about the old days and other colleagues we both knew. The fact that NADPO has survived and is still providing help and guidance to information professionals is testament to the commitment and vision of Stan back in the early days, long may his brainchild continue.

Stan was of immense help to me in my early days giving me advice or explaining which part of the legislation I needed to look at for the answer to my problem. Stan was warm and generous with his time and his knowledge, I shall miss him greatly".

Stan's family wanted to let members know the sad news, and have put out a request for any comments, references or stories about Stan. If anyone wishes to provide these please do so through the "contact us" link at the top of the page.

A funeral service was held at 12pm on Wednesday 27 November, at St John the Evangelist Church, Church Road, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4QN. Stan requested that there be family flowers only. Should anyone have a wish to make a donation, these may be made to the Berkshire Heart Failure Team (cheques payable to ‘Berkshire Health Charitable Funds’ with code KX095 on reverse). Alternatively Stan expressed a wish to have a seat placed at Woodford Park, which his family would like to organise in his memory. Donations to this may be made at the funeral or cheques made payable to ‘Mr B Rawlins – Park Seat’. All cheques to be sent c/o Richard Lloyd Funeral Services, 1-2 Coppice Road, Woodley. RG5 3RB.