Tag: Office of the Ombudsman

CoP refers ‘rogue’ rider arrest to ombudsman

CoP refers ‘rogue’ rider arrest to ombudsman

| 06/04/2020 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Police Commissioner Derek Byrne revealed at Sunday’s press briefing that an arrest made by his officers has been referred to the ombudsman for investigation. The arrest was made on Saturday, 4 April, following a high-speed chase of one of five ‘rogue’ dirt bike riders. Byrne said that during a time like this, when the […]

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Warning issued on ‘outing’ COVID patients

Warning issued on ‘outing’ COVID patients

| 03/04/2020 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper and Police Commissioner Derek Byrne have both used the daily press briefings to warn people not to try to find out and expose the identities of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. And now the Ombudsman has confirmed that there are legal consequences as well as moral issues. The Data […]

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Ombudsman offers info on data protection

Ombudsman offers info on data protection

| 23/01/2020

(CNS Local Life): The Office of the Ombudsman will be holding a meet and greet inside the Government Administration Building on Tuesday morning, 28 January, in recognition of International Data Privacy Day, which will be celebrated in the Cayman Islands for the first time, following the commencement of the Data Protection Law (DPL) on 30 […]

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MoT gets to keep cruise letters secret

MoT gets to keep cruise letters secret

| 12/11/2019 | 48 Comments

(CNS): With just over five weeks to go before Cayman goes to the polls to decide whether or not the people want the controversial cruise berthing project to go ahead, the ombudsman has sided with government on keeping key correspondence with the cruise lines secret. Sandy Hermiston has come down in favour of the commercial […]

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Fines for data law breaches outlined

Fines for data law breaches outlined

| 11/11/2019 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has published guidelines outlining the various circumstances that could lead to a fine for entities that breach the new Data Protection Law, which came into force in September. “Guidance on Monetary Penalty Orders” explains the details of how a company could be fined up to $250,000 for serious cases […]

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FOI request takes over a year

FOI request takes over a year

| 21/10/2019 | 18 Comments

(CNS): In August 2018 CNS made a freedom on information request to the commerce ministry for a copy of a deal it had signed with TechCayman, a proposed digital platform that the ministry claimed would make Cayman the ‘Silicon Valley’ of the Caribbean. But when the ministry responded it released a very heavily redacted copy. […]

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Data protection finally implemented

Data protection finally implemented

| 01/10/2019 | 7 Comments

(CNS): After some ten years of discussions and drafting, the Data Protection Law (DPL), which was passed in the Legislation Assembly in 2017, has finally come into force. The law, which is modeled on data protection legislation in the European Union, was implemented on Monday. It is centred around eight data protection principles regarding the […]

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Public authorities slip on FOI efficiency

Public authorities slip on FOI efficiency

| 26/09/2019 | 23 Comments

(CNS): As the Office of the Ombudsman prepares to mark the annual Right to Know Day, in the tenth year since the Freedom of Information law was implemented, the office released a report revealing that public authorities are falling behind again when it comes to complying with the legislation. The latest statistics show that last […]

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Ombudsman looking at cop response to violence report

Ombudsman looking at cop response to violence report

| 21/08/2019 | 25 Comments

(CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has confirmed that their response to a violent attack on security guards and other staff in the Scotts Marina and George Town Yacht Club area on Sunday night has been referred to the Office of the Ombudsman for investigation. Since the incident, in which one guard was critically […]

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Carter’s pay-off remains secret

Carter’s pay-off remains secret

| 10/06/2019 | 28 Comments

(CNS): How much the public purse coughed up to pay off the former director of the Department of Environmental Health, Roydell Carter, will remain a secret, as the Office of the Ombudsman has upheld a decision by government to refuse a freedom of information request made last September. Despite finding that government should not be […]

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Ombudsman upholds 7 of 76 cop complaints

Ombudsman upholds 7 of 76 cop complaints

| 06/05/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman, the independent body that oversees the investigation of complaints made against the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, examined 76 cases last year from a backlog of more than 100 complaints and several dozen new cases made during the course of the year. But just 17 of those cases were […]

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