Police Transformation Fund National Analytics Solution (7113_18)

Request

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with full copies of the following reports:

 1. Police Transformation Fund National Analytics Solution, Draft v.5.0 (15/03/17)

 2. The 38-page Report on the above proposal completed on 28 July 2017 by a small team drawn from the Turing’s Data Ethic Group and IDEPP, led by Professor Charles Raab (University of Edinburgh), co-Chair of IDEPP and member of the Alan Turing Institute’ s Data Ethics Group

Response

Please find attached our response.

In relation to Question 2

Under section 22 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already scheduled to be released into the public domain.

REASON FOR DECISION

The information is exempt by virtue of the Section 22 (1) (Information intended for future publication)

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#foia-section-22-information-intended-for-future-publication

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT below.

Section 22 –PIT

While release of this information may enhance public knowledge of this area, to respond to this request at this time would require the information to be retrieved and collated, and would involve a disproportionate use of resources. In. addition uncoordinated release of this information, before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.

In relation to Question 1

 We can confirm that relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required to release all of the information requested. Please find attached a redacted document.

REASONS FOR DECISION

The redacted information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

 We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, we are withholding that information since it is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (Law enforcement)

Section 23 (3) Information supplied by, or relating to, bodies dealing with security matters

Section 40 (2) Personal Data

Section 43 (2) Commercial Interests.

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest test in this area.

When citing Section 40(2) there is a requirement to consider whether disclosure would be fair.  In this case release would not be fair and therefore Section 40(2) is classed as absolute and there is no requirement to consider the public interest.

Section 31(a) (b) is prejudice based qualified exemption.

Section 43 (2) is a qualified class based exemption

I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure for these exemptions. Please find 2 PIT’s attached, which detail the reasoning why these exemptions apply.

Attachments

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