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Dear Dorset Police,

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request:

1) Details of the computer monitoring software used by Dorset Police to monitor the internet use of sex offenders;
2) Details (or the policy/framework) on the implementation and/or roll-out of such software;
3) Details (or the policy) on how this software accommodates the legal exemption from monitoring of legally-privileged communication or communication which is medical in-confidence, and adheres to the ECHR Article 8 rights of the person subject to such monitoring;
4) Details (including a copy) of any legal guidance or advice supplied to yourselves - if any exists - in relation to the legality of the use of such software in light of the aforementioned Article 8 rights and the legal right of the person being monitored to both legal privilege and medical confidentiality;
5) Details (or a copy) of any guidance provided to Probation/Police/Subject regarding the use of this software and the extent and security of such monitoring.

I look forward to hearing back from you within the legally-mandated period of time.
Yours faithfully,

Jay Simon

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Dear Dorset Police,

This request is now overdue. The law states that a public body must respond within 20 working days. You have also not advised me any delayas per ICO guidance.

Yours faithfully,

Jay Simon

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E-mail should not be regarded as a secure means of communication, we take
all reasonable steps to ensure that e-mails are protected from malware,
but cannot accept liability for any loss or damage, howsoever arising, as
a result of their transmission to the recipients' computer or network.
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Dear Dorset Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Dorset Police's handling of my FOI request 'Computer Monitoring Software for Sex Offenders'.

Your response guides me to the Home Office, who may indeed in this case set the national policy in this regard, but a national policy requires a local policy detailing the local implementation of the national guidelines (ie how the national guidance is adhered to by Dorset Police).

Could you please clarify whether this legally-mandated local policy on the implementation of a national policy exists?
If so, why this hasn't been disclosed when it was clearly included in the request?
If not, does this mean that Dorset police have no implementation policy because they do not in fact implement this national guidance; or that they do implement this national guidance but have no policy regarding the regulation, implemention, or rollout of the software in question?

I await your internal review's response and clarification as to the above.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Jay Simon

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the 20 working day statutory deadline. Please be assured that we are
working on all current and outstanding requests and will get a response to
you as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that when we receive
enquiries regarding late requests, responding to these enquiries can cause
further delay and can hinder the Team from restoring compliance with the
statutory timeframe.  

 

Thank you in advance for your patience whilst we work through this
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E-mail should not be regarded as a secure means of communication, we take
all reasonable steps to ensure that e-mails are protected from malware,
but cannot accept liability for any loss or damage, howsoever arising, as
a result of their transmission to the recipients' computer or network.
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For more information, or to contact us, please visit us at
[1]www.devon-cornwall.police.uk or [2]www.dorset.police.uk or e-mail
[3][email address] or [4][email address]

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Dear Mr Simon,

Your request is due 01/10/2019 having been submitted 01/09/2019 at 3:32am. This is based on the 20 working day obligation alongside the ICO's own guidance around submitting requests the working day after they are received. Please see the following:

'Your main obligation under the Act is to respond to requests promptly, with a time limit acting as the longest time you can take. Under the Act, most public authorities may take up to 20 working days to respond, counting the first working day after the request is received as the first day.'

Available at the following link:
https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...

Additionally I note you have submitted an internal review on this subject but my records do not show a disclosure has been made in relation to Dorset Police. Can I please ask this is checked? We will not be able to proceed with an internal review in relation to this force until a disclosure is made or the requester exceeds the 20 working day obligation.

Thank you for your patience.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Fitzgerald
Alliance Freedom of Information Officer
Devon & Cornwall Police Headquarters, Middlemoor
Email: [email address] or [email address]

Alliance Information Management Department
Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police
Working together to serve the public

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Dear Requester

 

Please find attached the response to your above numbered Freedom of
Information Request.

 

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Chris Fitzgerald

Alliance Freedom of Information Officer

Devon & Cornwall Police Headquarters, Middlemoor

Tel: 01392 226220 (Mon-Fri)

Email: [1][email address] or
[2][email address]

 

Alliance Information Management Department

Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police

Working together to serve the public

 

[3]cid:image001.png@01D31516.49831EB0

 

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E-mail should not be regarded as a secure means of communication, we take
all reasonable steps to ensure that e-mails are protected from malware,
but cannot accept liability for any loss or damage, howsoever arising, as
a result of their transmission to the recipients' computer or network.
*************************************************************************
For more information, or to contact us, please visit us at
[4]www.devon-cornwall.police.uk or [5]www.dorset.police.uk or e-mail
[6][email address] or [7][email address]

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7. mailto:[email address]

Dear Dorset Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Dorset Police's handling of my FOI request 'Computer Monitoring Software for Sex Offenders'.

The points regarding how the legally-mandated exemption from monitoring of legally privileged communications and medical in-confidence communications is accommodated by the software has not been answered or addressed. Legal privilege is a virtually absolute principle, and legally privileged correspondence is exempt from monitoring by law. I have asked for details of how these exemptions are accommodated by the software, and I have not received a response. It is well established that the monitoring of an individual's internet use - whether court mandated or not - does not allow indiscriminate monitoring including legally privileged communication. In accordance with my request, could you please address how the aforementioned rights to privileged legal and medical communications are respected/accommodated by such monitoring software? This question was included in the original FOI request and remains thus far unanswered.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Jay Simon

.Freedom of Information, Dorset Police

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Please note that we are experiencing high volumes of requests and staff
shortages which, in some cases, is impacting on our ability to comply with
the 20 working day statutory deadline. Please be assured that we are
working on all current and outstanding requests and will get a response to
you as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that when we receive
enquiries regarding late requests, responding to these enquiries can cause
further delay and can hinder the Team from restoring compliance with the
statutory timeframe.  

 

Thank you in advance for your patience whilst we work through this
challenging period.

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E-mail should not be regarded as a secure means of communication, we take
all reasonable steps to ensure that e-mails are protected from malware,
but cannot accept liability for any loss or damage, howsoever arising, as
a result of their transmission to the recipients' computer or network.
*************************************************************************
For more information, or to contact us, please visit us at
[1]www.devon-cornwall.police.uk or [2]www.dorset.police.uk or e-mail
[3][email address] or [4][email address]

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.Freedom of Information, Dorset Police

Dear Mr Simon,

I acknowledge receipt of your Internal Review in relation to the response for 2019-888.

You will receive a reply to this review within 20 working days as per statutory guidance under the Act. Should it be necessary to extend this date you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Fitzgerald
Alliance Freedom of Information Officer
Devon & Cornwall Police Headquarters, Middlemoor
Tel: 01392 226220 (Mon-Fri)
Email: [email address] or [email address]

Alliance Information Management Department
Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police
Working together to serve the public

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PATTINSON Lynn 56398,

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Dear Mr Jay

 

Freedom Of Information -  Internal Review No 2019 - 888

 

Please see the attached in response in to your internal review.

 

 

Kind Regards,

 

Lynn Pattinson

 

Records Manager

Devon and Cornwall Police
Information Management Department, Elliott House, Middlemoor, Exeter,
Devon EX2 7HQ.

*  [1][email address]  website
[2]http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk 

 

 

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E-mail should not be regarded as a secure means of communication, we take
all reasonable steps to ensure that e-mails are protected from malware,
but cannot accept liability for any loss or damage, howsoever arising, as
a result of their transmission to the recipients' computer or network.
*************************************************************************
For more information, or to contact us, please visit us at
[3]www.devon-cornwall.police.uk or [4]www.dorset.police.uk or e-mail
[5][email address] or [6][email address]

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