Data analytics usage

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Clackmannanshire Council.

Dear Clackmannanshire 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.

FOI, Clackmannanshire Council

In order for us to process your request can you please provide a name?

Thanks

From:        Data Justice Lab <[FOI #499070 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Clackmannanshire Council <[Clackmannanshire Council request email]>
Date:        20/07/2018 13:37
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - Data analytics usage

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Dear FOI Team,

Thank you for your response.

In regards to a name, please refer to the section of our request where we address this and provide a link to guidance provided by the Information Commissioner's Office. Here is the relevant section again:

"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... "

Yours sincerely,

Data Justice Lab

FOI, Clackmannanshire Council

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Dear Data Justice Lab,

Thank you for the clarification. However as we will be treating your FOI
under the Scottish legislation Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
we shall follow the guidance provided by the Scottish Information
Commissioner[1](http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/Law/F...)
and Section 8(1)(b) makes it clear that the request must state the name of
the applicant to be valid.

Please provide your name so we can progress your request.

Kindest regards,

Dana Scjalokaite
Governance Support Assistant
Kilncraigs
Greenside Street
Alloa
FK10 1EB

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From: Data Justice Lab <[FOI #499070 email]>
To: FOI <[Clackmannanshire Council request email]>
Date: 26/07/2018 15:19
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Data analytics usage

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Dear FOI Team,
Thank you for your response.
In regards to a name, please refer to the section of our request where we
address this and provide a link to guidance provided by the Information
Commissioner's Office. Here is the relevant section again:
"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:
[3]https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...
Yours sincerely,
Data Justice Lab

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Dear Dana Scjalokaite,

Elsewhere the Scottish Information Commissioner, in reference to the name attached to an FOI request, notes:

'The FOI Act does not prohibit ... organisations making requests on their own behalf’
Source: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/FAQ/G...

We are attempting to make this request as an organisation, since this request may be handled by different members of our research team at different times, meaning it is impractical for us to submit the request under the name of one individual.

Yours sincerely,

Data Justice Lab

FOI, Clackmannanshire Council

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Dear Data Justice Lab,

Without a name we are not going to consider your request as valid and will
not continue any further communications with yourself unless you are
willing to provide the name.

You can take it further with Scottish Information Commissioner if you
wish.

Kindest regards,

Dana Scjalokaite
Governance Support Assistant
Kilncraigs
Greenside Street
Alloa
FK10 1EB

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From: Data Justice Lab <[FOI #499070 email]>
To: FOI <[Clackmannanshire Council request email]>
Date: 30/07/2018 15:41
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Data analytics usage

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Dear Dana Scjalokaite,
Elsewhere the Scottish Information Commissioner, in reference to the name
attached to an FOI request, notes:
'The FOI Act does not prohibit ... organisations making requests on their
own behalf’
Source:
[2]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/FAQ/G...
We are attempting to make this request as an organisation, since this
request may be handled by different members of our research team at
different times, meaning it is impractical for us to submit the request
under the name of one individual.
Yours sincerely,
Data Justice Lab

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