Data analytics usage

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Dear Babergh District Council,

We are submitting the following Freedom of Information Request for documents relating to uses of data analytics, predictive analytics, or algorithmic automated systems used for risk assessment, scoring systems or automated decision making within the jurisdiction of your authority. This could include the use of these data systems in order to draw insights from large and integrated datasets, or to influence decisions about resources, funding or service delivery. This could include, but may not be limited to, uses of predictive analytics in child welfare, health care, adult social care, fraud detection, or policing.

Specifically, we are requesting:

· Any briefing notes, reports, evaluations, or summaries concerning uses of algorithmically driven data systems. Ideally this would include information about software, hardware, operations and types of data

· Any overviews about how system outputs are produced.

· Any training manuals or materials (e.g. slides, etc.) for staff about data collection, analysis, assessment and reporting as related to the use of the systems.

. Any impact assessments

· Any data visualisation outputs connected to the systems.

· Any promotional material, presentation material, or staff educational material related to the systems.

. Any contracts relating to the systems. We argue that the release of contracts does not compromise commercial sensitivity. The full argument is provided below.*

Also, please note we are not requesting datasets or any data about individuals.

Please let us know if any information requires clarifying.

We would like to receive electronic copies of this information.

All the very best,

Data Justice Lab

Please note that we are following the Information Commissioner’s guidance on the Freedom of Information Act which specifies that requests can be made by organisations and there is no need for a named individual (pages 9-10, sections 38-39).
Source: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

*Addressing the commercial sensitivity question:
a) Section 20 of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s ‘Local Government Transparency Code 2015’, which encourages greater transparency in the public interest, notes:

‘The Government has not seen any evidence that publishing details about contracts entered into by local authorities would prejudice procurement exercises or the interests of commercial organisations, or breach commercial confidentiality unless specific confidentiality clauses are included in contracts. Local authorities should expect to publish details of contracts newly entered into – commercial confidentiality should not, in itself, be a reason for local authorities to not follow the provisions of this Code’.

Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk... (page 9, section 20)

b) There is always the potential for a company in any area to act in bad faith, but this should not be a reason to deny access to information about how public money is spent.

c) Contract and tendering details are provided regularly by a range of government bodies in the public interest. For example, many police and fire services release contractual information through the Bluelight database ( https://www.blpd.gov.uk/foi/foi.aspx ).

d) There may be core aspects of the systems contracted that have competitive commercial value and we appreciate that such details will be redacted from any documents released. We argue that commercial interests will not be compromised by revealing other details that may be provided in contracts or related communications with contracted companies. Details that could be released include details about the existence of a system, it's purpose, the tasks being contracted, continued relationships, general descriptions, types of data being used, how this data is shared.

BMSDC Data Protection,

Dear Sirs,

Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request: BF339-1819

Thank you for your request dated 20 July 2018. Your request will be answered within 20 working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Data Protection
Tel: 0300 1234000 Email: [email address]
www.babergh.gov.uk www.midsuffolk.gov.uk
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils - Working Together
Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2BX

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BMSDC Data Protection,

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

We refer to your request for information dated 20/07/2018.

 

Request:

 

We are submitting the following Freedom of Information Request for
documents relating to uses of data analytics, predictive analytics, or
algorithmic automated systems used for risk assessment, scoring systems or
automated decision making within the jurisdiction of your authority. This
could include the use of these data systems in order to draw insights from
large and integrated datasets, or to influence decisions about resources,
funding or service delivery. This could include, but may not be limited
to, uses of predictive analytics in child welfare, health care, adult
social care, fraud detection, or policing.

 

Specifically, we are requesting:

 

·         Any briefing notes, reports, evaluations, or summaries
concerning uses of algorithmically driven data systems. Ideally this would
include information about software, hardware, operations and types of data

 

·         Any overviews about how system outputs are produced.

 

·         Any training manuals or materials (e.g. slides, etc.) for staff
about data collection, analysis, assessment and reporting as related to
the use of the systems.

 

.         Any impact assessments

 

·         Any data visualisation outputs connected to the systems.

 

·         Any promotional material, presentation material, or staff
educational material related to the systems.

 

.         Any contracts relating to the systems. We argue that the release
of contracts does not compromise commercial sensitivity. The full argument
is provided below.*

 

Response:

 

Babergh District Council does not currently subscribe to any data
analytics software, algorithmically driven data systems or engage in
predictive analytics methods for risk assessment, automated decision
making or any other purpose.

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting.  Please contact us if you wish to re-use
the information for commercial purposes so that the appropriate licence
can be issued (in some instances a fee will be payable).  Additionally,
you must ensure that you gain permission before reproducing any third
party (non Babergh/Mid Suffolk Copyright) information.

 

If you are unhappy with this response you may request an internal review
of this matter via the Council’s corporate complaints procedure.  If,
after an internal review, you are still unhappy with the decision, you
have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at the following
address:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire  SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 745

Fax: 01625 524 510

Email: [email address]

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Data Protection

Tel: 0300 1234000

Email: [email address]

www.babergh.gov.uk  www.midsuffolk.gov.uk

Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils - Working Together

Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX

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