Disclosure Details

Personal Information - 298/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   20/03/2012

Date of response:  23/03/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 20 March  2012 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: 

I was involved in an incident at my home address.
The incident has caused considerable speculation amongst my neighbours, who I intend to write to in attempt to avoid gaining a negative reputation.
I would therefore like to know what information is available to a third party contacting you in this manner with respect to the Freedom of Information Act?

In response:

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

I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police and I disclose as follows.

Any information that could identify an individual would be classed as personal data. Personal data is be exempt from disclosure through an FOI request as per section 40 (2) of the Act.

Please note that if a crime was recorded as a result of the incident, this would be added to the crime mapping web-site for that area. This does not give any details of exact address or specifics of any crime. It does however list numbers of crimes by type (e.g. burglary, violent crime, drugs etc.) and is available to the public to view.

More information can be found via the link below -
http://www.police.uk/

It may be worth noting that if an individual was involved in an incident, that person may request his/her own data through a subject access request. Again any information that would identify someone else would not be disclosed in response to such a request.


Further information regarding both the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act may be found on the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) website.

I have provided the relevant link below.

http://www.ico.gov.uk/


You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

I have provided the relevant link below.

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp


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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