Digital Forensics (328_17)
Can you please provide me a breakdown of the Operating Systems which are encountered as part of a Digital Forensics Investigation.
I wish to know how many Windows, Linux and Apple Mac devices have been submitted to the Digital Forensics department / High Tech Crime Unit over the past 2 years (minimum).
Following on from a request made in 2011 seen here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/data_forensics_6#incoming-230909
“Please can you release the annual amount of money you spend on each of the following over the last 3 years:
- A) Computer Forensics
– Also how many units you analyse
- B) Mobile Phone Forensics
– Also how many units you analyse”
Can you please provide updated figures from 2011-2017 where applicable please.
Please include the amount of devices submitted and how many cases there were.
Please include expenditure where applicable, even if this is in relation the HTCU expenditure as a whole.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide a breakdown of operating systems or the number of mobile phone/computer forensic units used as this information is not held on a searchable database and would researching each individual case which would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)). We are also unable to break the expenditure down to whether it relates to either Computer or Mobile Phones forensic analysis as we do not code it to this level of detail.
Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.
A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.
Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (below). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request
The table above is the total amount of Expenditure for the units that cover all Digital Forensics. We are unable to break the expenditure down to whether it relates to either Computer or Mobile Phones forensic analysis as we do not code it to this level of detail. Please be aware that these figures include OT and that the figure for 16/17 is only spend to Jan 17.