Suspicious Activity Reports - University of Leeds

Jenna Corderoy made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to University of Leeds

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Dear University of Leeds,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

I would like to know the total number of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) the university has submitted. Please provide a breakdown of that number by year (not by financial year).

I would like to receive the information electronically. If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame, or the request is too broad or too vague, I would be grateful if you could contact me and provide assistance as to how I could refine the request.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Jenna Corderoy

Tracey Crombie,

Dear Ms Corderoy

I can confirm receipt of the request below, dated 6 August 2017.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. As such, you should expect to hear from the University in response by 5 September 2017, if, in the meantime, you have any queries about the request, please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny Foggin ([email address]).

Tracey Crombie
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University of Leeds
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Tracey Crombie,

Dear Ms Corderoy

Please can you clarify what you mean by 'suspicious activity', also submitted to who and for which year?

As you will be aware, the 20 days will not start until I receive your clarification.

Tracey Crombie
PA to the Legal Adviser
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
Tel:  0113 343 4078 (NB 8am-4pm)
Fax:  0113 343 3925

This communication is intended solely for the addressee, is strictly confidential and may also be legally privileged.  If you are not the addressee please do not read, print, re-transmit, store or act in reliance on it or any attachments.  Instead, please contact Tracey Crombie on the above telephone number.

Any liability (in negligence or otherwise) arising from any third party acting, or refraining from acting, on any information contained in this email is excluded.

It is the responsibility of the receiver of this email to ensure that any onward transmission or use of this email (including attachments) will not adversely affect their systems or data contained on their systems.  Receivers are advised to carry out virus checks.  The University of Leeds accepts no responsibility with regard to the communication or other use of this email.

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Thank-you for your email, and apologies for my delayed response.

If you could use the following working definition of a SAR, that would be great. As the NCA website indicates, "a SAR is a piece of information alerting law enforcement agencies that certain client/customer activity is in some way suspicious and might indicate money laundering or terrorist financing": http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/pu...

If I could have data from 2013 onwards, that would be appreciated. If not, the years that you have available data would also be great. Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Corderoy

Jenny Foggin,

Dear Jenna,

The University can neither confirm nor deny whether it has submitted any Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). We are concerned that if this information were to be placed in the public domain it would have value for anybody who might have committed, or be intending to commit, criminal activity that would fall within the scope of an SAR, since it would provide them with an indication of whether or not their activity had been detected. The relevant exemptions set out in the FoI Act are those in Section 23 (since the information relates to the National Crime Agency); Section 31 (since the process of law enforcement could be prejudiced if the information were to be released); and Section 44 (since if the University were to 'tip off' an offender through the disclosure of information, this could constitute an offence, meaning that the release of the information is prohibited). The Section 23 and 44 exemptions are absolute exemptions. The Section 31 exemption is subject to a public interest test. The University is convinced that in this instance the public interest is best served by maintaining confidentiality regarding the existence, or otherwise, of SARs in order to support law enforcement. Our approach has also been informed by the advice issued by the National Crime Agency (http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/pu...) in 2015 which clearly urges organisations to 'not say anything to your client/customer which leads to an investigation being prejudiced'.

I am sorry that I cannot supply more information on this occasion.

Thanks,

Jenny

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