Confidentiality and official secrets—training materials

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  • Confidentiality and official secrets—training materials

Confidentiality and official secrets—training materials

These training materials consist of template PowerPoint slides that can be used as the basis of one or more training seminars on issues arising in relation to confidentiality and official secrets. It is anticipated that those providing training will use these slides as a helpful starting point for their presentations and then amend them accordingly to reflect their particular circumstances.

The training materials are customisable.

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  1. Introduction

  2. Part 1: Recent developments and interplay with Freedom of Information

    1. Recent developments

    2. Freedom of information

    3. National Security

    4. Defence

    5. International relations

    6. Criminal investigations and law enforcement

    7. Duty of confidence

  3. Part 2: The law of confidence

    Part 3: Official secrets

    1. Breach of confidence: the basics

    2. When is a duty of confidence owed?

    3. When it comes up in government

    4. Requirements for cause of action

    5. What is the quality of confidence?

    6. 'Not already known or in the public domain'

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