Specific emails relating to drones/Gatwick

I Hudson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Department for Transport

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Department for Transport,

This is a new FOI but based on an initial conversation in FOI: F0018220

I would like to see the following e-mails related to the Gatwick drone:

Date + Email title:

22/12/2018 UAV Update
23/12/2018 Contact details of systems and suppliers
23/12/2018 C-UAS BRISTOW technology demonstration
28/12/2018 C-UAV Capability UK Airports
28/12/2018 Gatwick Drone
31/12/2018 OSCT clarification: Gatwick Drone Disruption
31/12/2018 Gatwick Drone Incident: Battle Rhythm and outstanding things to clear

Yours faithfully,

I Hudson

Department for Transport

Dear I Hudson,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0018680.

A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Ivan Pocock
Department for Transport
FOI Advice Team
Governance Division
Zone D/04
Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Hudson

 

On behalf of the Aviation Directorate, please find the attached letter.

 

Kind regards

 

Deepak Patel

 

 

[1]cid:image001.png@01D67154.6094BBC0          Deepak Patel 
Information Rights
Adviser, Information
Rights (Data Protection
and FOI) Team, Group
Assurance 

LG.5, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road,
London, SW1P 4DR         
[2]Follow us on twitter
@transportgovuk 

 

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FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

1 Atodiad

 

Dear I Hudson,

 

Re: our previous correspondence, I am writing to advise you that we need
to further extend our deadline for reply to your request. The deadline is
being extended to the 28th September but if we can respond sooner we will
of course do so. Please accept my apologies for this further delay.

 

Regards,

 

Ivan Pocock

 

[1][IMG]          Ivan Pocock 
Information Rights Adviser, Information Rights (Data
Protection and FOI) Team, Governance Division, Group
Assurance and Digital Directorate 

D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7GA  
     
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

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FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

1 Atodiad

 

Dear I Hudson,

 

Re: our previous correspondence, I am writing to advise you that we need
to further extend our deadline for reply to your request. The deadline is
being extended to the 5th October but if we can respond sooner we will of
course do so. Please accept my apologies for this further delay.

 

Regards,

 

Ivan Pocock

 

[1][IMG]          Ivan Pocock 
Information Rights Adviser, Information Rights (Data
Protection and FOI) Team, Governance Division, Group
Assurance and Digital Directorate 

D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7GA  
 
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

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FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

1 Atodiad

 

Dear I Hudson,

 

I am writing to advise you that unfortunately we have not quite finished
finalising the response to your FOI request and therefore need to extend
the deadline by a few more days. We aim to respond on or before the 12^th
October. I appreciate this will be disappointing news but we will do
everything we can to get a response to you earlier if we can.

 

Regards,

 

Ivan Pocock

 

[1]cid:image001.png@01D69B26.D9265980          Ivan Pocock 
Information Rights
Adviser, Information
Rights (Data Protection
and FOI) Team, Governance
Division, Group Assurance
and Digital Directorate 

D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North, St
Leonards on Sea, TN37 7GA
   
[2]Follow us on twitter
@transportgovuk 

 

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FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

3 Atodiad

 

Dear I Hudson,

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying. I attach the
Department’s response and the information that can be released.

 

Regards,

 

Ivan Pocock

 

[1][IMG]          Ivan Pocock 
Information Rights Adviser, Information Rights (Data
Protection and FOI) Team, Governance Division, Group
Assurance and Digital Directorate 

D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7GA  
      
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

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Dear FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT,

In response to FOI F0018680 it appears sections of text have been removed but without having any typical redaction highlighting so it's impossible to establish how much has been extracted.

How difficult would it be to provide this with it being clear where removals of text have taken place?

For example a number of bullet-points in the email "OSCT clarification: Gatwick Drone Disruption" have been removed.

Yours sincerely,

I Hudson

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

Dear I Hudson,

Thank you for your email.

I'm afraid it won't be possible to provide you with a copy of the released information showing where redactions have taken place other than those you already have relating to the removal of junior official's names in reliance on the section 40 third party personal information exemption. This is because the remaining redactions have been made in reliance on the National Security and law enforcement exemptions. The length and number of redactions is in itself sensitive information that could be used, coupled with other information already in the public domain, by someone intent on committing a crime or an act of terrorism. We need to safeguard national security by not providing details of the specific redactions in the information released under the Act.

I am sorry my response cannot be more favourable but I'm sure you'll agree that safeguarding national security is of paramount importance.

Regards,

Ivan Pocock
Information Rights Adviser, Information Rights (Data Protection and FOI) Team, Governance Division, Group Assurance and Digital Directorate

Department for Transport
D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North,
St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7GA

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Dear Ivan,

F0018680

With regards to this FOI using national security on a 2 year old event is tenuous, it's on Twitter that Skyperion was deployed, Aeroscope etc, even the providers of the kit have done TV pieces, press releases or blogs and serving UK police officers have contributed to blogs on Aeroscope for example.

The police and CPS did a BBC documentary showing the full workflow of prosecuting drone crimes and retrieving evidence from drone logs and Metis showed their Skyperion system on the BBC's Horizon. It's a matter of public knowledge in newspaper articles that AUDS was purchased and deployed and Gatwick has even allowed tours where the press have been able to photograph the entire AUDS deployment. So there's more in the public domain than is likely to even be in these emails.

There's a valid public interest element here given these entire matters relate to the conduct of a private company whose actions had consequences for the whole aviation industry and had knock on damage for the reputation of the UK. It's clear in even the little information in these emails that the Gatwick event politicised the drone consultation and kneejerk legislation has arguably damaged the UK drone industry.

I do appreciate the time and effort put in to date. So I'll likely accept this request even though it has somewhat fallen short of the spirit of the FOI. It maybe necessary though to submit some further FOIs around this matter to clarify some points.

Yours sincerely,

I Hudson