Tag: Office of the Ombudsman

OfReg ordered to reveal names in gas station tests

OfReg ordered to reveal names in gas station tests

| 21/05/2021 | 124 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED FRIDAY 4:40pm: Efforts by OfReg to protect retail petrol stations that are found selling poor quality fuel have been thwarted by the ombudsman in a major breakthrough for consumers. A freedom of information request had been made for the names of stations selling deficient gas, which were exposed during the regulator’s periodic inspection. […]

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School violates staff member’s data rights

School violates staff member’s data rights

| 25/03/2021 | 31 Comments

(CNS): A private school has been ordered to destroy a recording taken unlawfully at a meeting between a member of staff and a line manager. St Ignatius Catholic School breached the Data Protection Law when it recording a meeting with the individual because consent was ambiguous, not given freely given and without sufficient explanation in […]

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Cabinet ordered to release Smith Cove minutes

Cabinet ordered to release Smith Cove minutes

| 09/02/2021 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Not everything that is documented in government’s Cabinet meetings can automatically be withheld from public scrutiny, Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston has found in her latest ruling. A freedom of information request made by Alric Lindsay for an extract of Cabinet minutes relating to the now cancelled Smith Barcadere project and the decision to waive planning […]

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Data protection keeps ombudsman busy

Data protection keeps ombudsman busy

| 27/01/2021 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Data protection issues, from raising awareness to dealing with complaints about potential breaches of the law, are now dominating the work of the Office of the Ombudsman. In a press release marking International Data Protection Day, Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston revealed that in the fifteen months since the law came into effect on 30 September […]

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Ombudsman seeks footage of police at killing

Ombudsman seeks footage of police at killing

| 04/01/2021 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman is asking for information to assist its independent investigation into allegations of a delayed response and lack of action by police at the scene of Michael Aaron Bush’s fatal stabbing on Christmas Eve. The office is asking anyone who was at the scene or who has footage of the […]

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Ombudsman mediated for refugees in need

Ombudsman mediated for refugees in need

| 14/10/2020 | 34 Comments

(CNS): When a group of Cubans, comprising some who have been granted asylum in the Cayman Islands as well as asylum-seekers, held a demonstration this summer at the Government Administration Building in George Town seeking financial help, the Office of the Ombudsman was able to negotiate a resolution without resorting to a full blown inquiry. […]

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Complaints about gov’t surge post lockdown

Complaints about gov’t surge post lockdown

| 09/10/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has reported a surge in complaints about government, including maladministration, as well as data protection complaints (which also covers the private sector) since the COVID-19 lockdown. Members of the public made 97 enquiries during July, August and September, 74 of which were placed under investigation. During this quarter the […]

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Key watchdog job in dispute

Key watchdog job in dispute

| 28/09/2020 | 104 Comments

(CNS): Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston has said that her office is in discussions with Sharon Roulstone after confirming that the former WORC director has not returned to her job there. Roulstone was seconded to WORC weeks after she was appointed as deputy ombudsman, but since the two-year transfer ended this summer, Roulstone has not been allowed […]

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FOI requests fall to lowest level

FOI requests fall to lowest level

| 25/09/2020 | 9 Comments

(CNS): Whether it is because government has made more documents available or because the process of making a freedom of information request is increasingly burdensome, the number of requests made for public records last year fell to its lowest ever level. From a high of 739 the year after the law was implemented, requests fell […]

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Historic land records must be released

Historic land records must be released

| 25/09/2020 | 95 Comments

(CNS): The Lands and Survey department has been ordered to release records showing how one decision was made during the Cayman Islands’ cadastral survey in the 1970s over land ownership. In what could turn out to be an important case for local families who believe land was wrongly taken from them, the Office of the […]

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Sensitive personal data found at dump

Sensitive personal data found at dump

| 19/08/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Documents containing confidential, sensitive information, including court records and autopsy reports, were recently found at the George Town dump by a member of the public, though the Office of the Ombudsman has been unable to connect to a specific entity. But the watchdog responsible for the oversight of data protection, has warned that these […]

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