a) The number of still missing females aged 10 to 40 years old that originally went missing up to 2006. Please state the earliest date that your records begin.
- b) Their name
- c) Age (when they went missing)
- d) Where they are from (roughly)
- e) Where they were last seen
- f) Date when they went missing.
We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while some information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the information that has been withheld.
REASONS FOR DECISION
The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.
In this case, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for the information that has been withheld.
The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions
Section 40 (2) (Personal data)
This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:
Section 40(2) is an absolute and class based exemption if to release the information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights. In this case to release this personal information would not constitute fair processing of the data and therefore would breach the first of the principles within the Data Protection Act 1998. As this exemption is class based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.