UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD
21 September 2020
Reply to request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
Email of 24 August
I'd like to request the following information: the University's internal handbook/manual for
admissions to Philosophy and Thelogy.
Dear John Dodds,
I write in reply to your email requesting the above information, which you may find attached.
We have redacted from the handbook the names of administrators and faculty that could be used to identify
them. In making these redactions, we have applied the exemption in section 40(2) of the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA). Section 40(2) provides an exemption from disclosure for information that is the
personal data of an individual other than the requester, where disclosure would breach any of the data
protection principles in Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We consider that
disclosure of the information requested would breach the first data protection principle, which requires that
personal data is processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner. Disclosure would be unfair to the
individuals concerned, as it would be contrary to their reasonable and legitimate expectations. They would not
reasonably expect the information in the handbook to be made public in an attributable form under the FOIA
without their consent. (Please note that a disclosure of information under FOIA is presumed to be a disclosure
to the world at large, and not just a disclosure to the individual making the request.)
For the disclosure of personal data to be lawful, it must have a lawful basis under Article 6 of the GDPR. There
are six possible lawful bases in Article 6; we do not consider that any of them would be satisfied in respect of
The exemption in section 40(2) is an absolute exemption and is not subject to the public interest test provided
for in section 2(2)(b) of the FOIA. INTERNAL REVIEW
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THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER
If, after the internal review, you are still dissatisfied, you have the right under FOIA to apply to the Information
Commissioner for a decision as to whether your request has been dealt with in accordance with the FOIA. You
can do this online using the Information Commissioner’s complaints portal.
Information Compliance Team