Disclosure Details

Computer use - 457/15

Dated: 01 Jun 2015

Date of request:      06/05/15

Date of response:    01/06/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated  6 May 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

1. What is the authority’s policy on computer use and, more specifically, on the use of social networking?

2. How many members of staff have failed to obey guidelines relating to computer use/social networking? Please break down for each year between 2012 and 2015

3. How many members of staff have been disciplined for doing so and what was the nature of the disciplinary action taken? Please break down for each year between 2012 and 2015

4. What was the nature of each incident? i.e. Why was each member of staff disciplined? Please be as detailed as possible and where urls/websites are mentioned, please give those.

5. How many times have members of staff been blocked/refused access when trying to visit a webpage? Please break down for each year between 2012 and 2015

6. In relation to the above, which webpages had each member of staff being attempting to visit? Please give full urls for each website members of staff have attempted to access and subsequently been blocked/refused access.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

 We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the IC&T and Professional Standards Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. As the information you have requested at these part of your request is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

This information is in the public domain and is therefore freely available
In order to assist I have provided relevant links to information published on the Northumbria Police website relative to your request.




2012 - 9
2013 - 17
2014 - 19
2015 - 2

3&4 - see below attached

5& 6 No information held. Information at these points is not retained after 3 months.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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