Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
I am making this FOI request in respect of one specific set of data
that has been recorded on:
The CCTV camera on King Street, Covent Garden, City of Westminster, London WC2E facing the BOSE store.
I wish to obtain the video footage on the
Friday 6th of October from 09.10am hrs to 09.30am hrs.
This video will show me being hit by a reversing white van.
I sustained injury during this incident.
I am fully aware that the length of time prescribed by the law for
all the CCTV evidence above is subject to a maximum time to be
held on databases before it is 'wiped off' or 'recorded over'.
Therefore it is upon that basis that I hereby make this Freedom of
Information Act request.
Dear Ms Harris
PLEASE NOTE - please see advice section below.
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017100000210
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 06/10/2017. I note you seek
access to the following information:
* I am making this FOI request in respect of one specific set of data
that has been recorded on: The CCTV camera on King Street, Covent
Garden, City of Westminster, London WC2E facing the BOSE store. I wish
to obtain the video footage on the Friday 6th of October from 09.10am
hrs to 09.30am hrs. This video will show me being hit by a reversing
white van. I sustained injury during this incident. I am fully aware
that the length of time prescribed by the law for all the CCTV
evidence above is subject to a maximum time to be held on databases
before it is 'wiped off' or 'recorded over'. Therefore it is upon that
basis that I hereby make this Freedom of Information Act request.
Please accept this letter as an acknowledgement of receipt of your
request, which has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (the Act).
The Metropolitan Police Service neither confirms nor denies that it holds
the information you have requested as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the Section
40(5) exemption. This response therefore represents a Refusal Notice in
accordance with Section 17(1) of the Act. Please see the legal annex for
the sections of the Act that are referred to in this letter.
REASON FOR DECISION
A Freedom of Information Act request is not a private transaction. Both
the request itself, and any information disclosed, are considered suitable
for open publication. This is because, under Freedom of Information, any
information disclosed is released into the wider public domain,
effectively to the world and not just to one individual.
In most cases Personal Data is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of
Information Act as I will explain below.
To confirm or deny whether personal information exists in response to your
request could publicly reveal information about an individual or
individuals, thereby breaching the right to privacy afforded to persons
under the Data Protection Act.
Where an individual is requesting his or her own personal data the
information is always exempt. Such information can be requested under
other legislation (please see the advice and assistance section below).
Where an individual is requesting third party personal data the MPS must
ensure that any action taken adheres to the principles of the Data
Protection Act 1998. To clarify, the Freedom of Information Act only
allows disclosure of personal data if that disclosure would be compliant
with the Data Protection Act.
ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE
Please note: If the information requested relates to you (for example if
you are seeking a crime report where you were the victim/witness/suspect)
then you are able to request it via a Subject Access Request. In order to
make a Subject Access Request please complete form 3019 (available from
any MPS Station, or from
or by calling 020 7161 3500 available Mon - Fri between 10:00 and 14:00).
Please note that proof of identification is required to process a
request. This process may also take up to 40 days from receipt of your
This notice does not confirm or deny that the MPS holds the information
that you have requested.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contactvia email at [email address], quoting the reference number above.
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
Section 17(1) of the Act provides:
(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for
information, is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision of
Part II relating to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request
or on a claim that information is exempt information must, within the time
for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-
(a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
Section 40(5) of the Act provides:
(5) The duty to confirm or deny-
(a) does not arise in relation to information which is (or if it were held
by the public authority would be) exempt information by virtue of
subsection (1), and
(b) does not arise in relation to other information if or to the extent
(i) the giving to a member of the public of the confirmation or denial
that would have to be given to comply with section 1(1)(a) would (apart
from this Act) contravene any of the data protection principles or section
10 of the [1998 c. 29.] Data Protection Act 1998 or would do so if the
exemptions in section 33A(1) of that Act were disregarded, or
(ii) by virtue of any provision of Part IV of the [1998 c. 29.] Data
Protection Act 1998 the information is exempt from section 7(1)(a) of that
Act (data subject's right to be informed whether personal data being
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the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
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The Information Commissioner
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