Copies of all correspondence between Somerset County Council, Highways England and any other participatory parties in exchanges between 9 to 24 January 2018, naming myself.
Dear Somerset County Council,
I wish to request unredacted copies of all internal and external e-mails or notes regarding the naming of myself "Michael or Mike Farrell" in correspondence between any officer from Somerset County Council, and Highways England Ltd during the specified period from the 9th of January 2018 to 24 January 2018.
Sent request to Somerset County Council again, using a new contact address.
Our reference: 3427965
Dear Mr Farrell
Thank you for your request which was sent via "what do they know.com"
on 8 March 2018.
Firstly, I must apologise for not responding to you earlier, but due to a
problem with our IT systems your request was only received in this office
Unfortunately, we are unable to deal with your request under the Freedom
of Information Act because it asks for your personal information, and
release under the act is specifically forbidden by Section 40.
It is likely that you will be entitled to at least some of the information
that you have asked for, but to obtain it you will have to make a Subject
Access Request under the Data Protection Act 1998. I will forward your
request to the team that deals with these requests who will be in touch
with you shortly, to explain the procedure.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit
Where you can make an application.
Information Request Officer
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.
Dear Mr Farrell
Thank you for your request for your information made under the Freedom of
Information Act. As my colleague has indicated, we cannot deal with this
request under the FOIA. This is because any information, if held, is
likely to contain information about you, and this should be dealt with
under the Data Protection Act.
Please could you contact me privately and outside of the 'what do they
know' forum in order to protect your personal information and privacy.
As we already have your request in writing, we will only need from you a
copy of your identification, and confirmation of your current postal
Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998, the Council needs to
establish your identity. I would be grateful if you could send me a copy
of an official document, which shows your name, and date of birth Please
send photocopies only.
Examples of acceptable identification that show your name and date of
• Birth certificate
• Driving licence
Confirmation of your current address
In order to send you your personal information, we need confirmation of
your current address.
Examples of acceptable identification that show your current address
(please note that this must not be older than three months) are:
• Bank statement
• Utility bill (Water / Gas / Electric)
• Telephone / Mobile phone statement
• Internet Service Provider Statement
• Council Tax Bill
• Benefits Statement
Please note that we can provide you with your information to you
electronically by email but we will need to communicate with you by
telephone to verify that email address.
***Please do not send this information through the what do they know
forum, as everyone will have access to your very personal information and
Please do contact me should you have any queries.
Information Governance Officer
Direct Dial: 01823 359173
Email: [email address]
GCSX email: [email address]
Post: Somerset County Council, C7, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
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