Computers running Windows XP

Nick Heath made this Freedom of Information request to Department for International Development

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Dear Department for International Development,

In your department:
How many computers are still running Windows XP?

When do you anticipate you will transition all of these XP machines
to a new operating system? Which operating system are you switching
these machines to?

What parts of the department are these machines mainly used in?

How are you securing the XP machines in the interim period before
their operating system is replaced?

Have you taken out an Extended Support deal with Microsoft to
update these XP machines?

What is the cost of this Extended Support deal?

When does this Extended Support deal expire?

Yours faithfully,

Nick Heath

Department for International Development

Dear Mr Heath

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 5 May
2015. We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and will respond to you directly as soon as possible and within
20 working days.

Please note that DFID may also publish our response to FOI requests at
www.gov.uk/dfid.

Please contact me if you have any queries, quoting reference number
F2015-184.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

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Dear Mr Heath

Please find attached DFID's response to your Freedom of Information
request F2015-184.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

Dear Department for International Development,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of DFID's handling of my
FOI request 'Computers running Windows XP' - Ref No: F2015-184.

Several central government departments have not claimed an exemption under section 31(1) (a) of the FOI Act in response to these question. The Metropolitan Police Service also answered such questions without claiming such an exemption, see:
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/londons...

Given that this exemption was not relevant in the case of other central government departments and one of the UK's largest police forces, I don't believe it to be relevant in the case of the DFID.
Furthermore the argument that “providing information relating to the specific operating systems of the IT equipment used in DFID could weaken our ability to protect the sensitive information with which we are entrusted" does not stand up, as such information would be trivial for anyone with the technical expertise to carry out a hack to find out.

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,
Nick Heath

Department for International Development

Dear Mr Heath,

Thank you for your correspondence seeking an internal review of our
handling of your Freedom of Information request (ref numberFOI No.
F2015-184).

I would like to confirm that this will now be passed to a DFID official
who has not previously been involved with this case and who will conduct
an investigation of the handling of your request.

Regards

Alison Marshall
Information Rights and Piblic Enquiries Team

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Dear Mr Heath,

I attach my response to your request for internal review of our handling
of your FOI request reference F2015-184.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Kennedy,
Information Rights Team