Correspondence regarding failed redaction of Monthly Performance Pack

The request was partially successful.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

With regard to the information you accidentally released when you responded to this Freedom of Information request:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Please provide copies of all communications, internal, external and all reports and other recorded information relating to the breach of this information. I assume there has been some form of an investigation as to what happened and how, the impact of the release and potential mitigation against the impact of it, correspondence with third parties (perhaps Capita and WhatDoTheyKnow) and other such.

Please provide all that.

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

An excellent request Doug. Is that the whirring of shredders I can hear?!
Greatly looking forward to the outcome.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Doug Paulley,
 
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, below.
 
Your request was received on 18 July 2016.
 
We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest
within 20 working days.
 
If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the above
address. The reference number for this request is RFI20161363.
 
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
BBC Information Rights
BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP, UK
 
Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [2][BBC request email]
 

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J. Jones left an annotation ()

They will not like it up them - good job, I hope you get an honest answer from the scum.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Paulley,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information. Please find the
response attached.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

BBC Information Rights

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP, UK

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2][BBC request email]

 

 

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Peter Jones left an annotation ()

This is typical BBC delaying tactics and obstruction.
We know that the information requested will be even more embarassing to the BBC - no doubt they immediately went into headless chicken mode in an attempt to undo their cock-up. I know that the BBC contact my blog to "clarify" matters, but it didn't get them anywhere.
Is there anything that can be done about this Doug?
We can all see what the BBC is doing.

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

I will be pursuing this to its ultimate conclusion, if necessary through internal review and decision notices and possibly further.

Dear FOI Enquiries,

please let me know what is happening with this request,

you've had 40 working days now, which is the longest that the ICO think you should take, even with the extension for the public interest test.

Yours sincerely,

Doug Paulley

J. Jones left an annotation ()

Keep at the secretive Scum Doug - jest of luck to you.

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

Dear ICO

Please can you conduct a S50 assessment of the BBC's handling of my request:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

It is not affected by the BBC's derogation of information held for the purposes of art and journalism etc.

My concern is that the BBC have not responded to my request nor stated that a specific exemption definitely occurs, and are taking an inordinate amount of time to conduct the public interest test.

Thank you

Doug Paulley

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

ICO wrote on 5th October, reference FS50646863
"I have written to the public authority to provide them with a copy of your original request, reminding them of their responsibilities and asking them to respond to you within 10 working days of receiving our letter. I enclose a copy of my letter to the public authority for your information. If you do not receive any response within 10 working days, please contact us."
The 10 working days are up on Wednesday 19th October. If they don't respond by then I will revert to the ICO.

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

I've chased this with the ICO.

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

Despite the ICO's intervention, the BBC is still displaying contempt towards this request.
It wasn't all that long ago that George Entwistle (short-lived, failure of a Director General) was heralding a new era of BBC transparency.
Cover up continues to be rife. What else is the BBC hiding?

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

The ICO have emailed me today:

"Thank you for your further correspondence in which you complained about the above public authority’s failure to respond to your information request.

I have been in contact with the BBC. They have explained the reasons for the delay and assured me that a response will be sent out to you next week."

I shall set my reminder in my calendar for if/when they don't respond.

I emailed the ICO back:

"I require a S50 DN please, for their unacceptable delay in responding to my FOI request. I mean, it's been 4 months so far."

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

So another week has been and gone, so I guess that means the BBC has fed the ICO a cock and bull story.
No surprises there really.

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

"Hello

"Another week has gone by, and despite your confidence that the BBC would respond by now, they still haven't.

"Please conduct a S50 investigation and issue a DN requiring the BBC to stop ignoring their obligations under the FOI act, and to respond to my FOI request.

"Doug Paulley"

J. Jones left an annotation ()

It is amazing how long it takes for the BBC scum to answer a simple question.
I expect if they did, it would be naming & blaming someone, which would give the BBC's secretive & closed community a lot of problems in the future - so kick the question into the long grass is their way to go.
But as the BBC is in clear breach of the FOI rules, perhaps they need to be taken to court to get them to comply, or is FOI toothless?

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

The way the system works is that one must get a decision notice from the ICO before one can start the process of appealing it through the Information tribunals. Provided that the Government hasn't got rid of the tribunals before then, as is their current intention.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Paulley

Please see the attached response to your request, RFI20161363.

We have also attached the first two of four disclosure documents. Due to the size of the files, disclosure documents 3 and 4 will be sent to you in a separate email.

Once again we apologise for the delay in sending this response to you.

Yours sincerely

BBC Information Rights
BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP, UK

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Paulley

Please see disclosure documents 3 and 4 attached.

Yours sincerely

BBC Information Rights
BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP, UK

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Mark Salter left an annotation ()

BBC FOI team unable to scan documents to a legible quality, how odd or perhaps convenient.

I would demand they redo - since they have not check the digitisation is of acceptable quality to produce a readable document.

Typical BBC I am afraid, plenty of money, no sense or consideration.

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

The ICO have issued a Decision Notice against the BBC.

"The Commissioner's decísion is that the BBC has failed to provide a response to the request within the statutory time frame of 20 working days. She upholds the complaint but requires no further action to be taken as a response has now been provided to the complainant."

"On 18 July 2016, the complainant wrote to the BBC and requested information ... The BBC provÍded an interim response on 15 August 2016. ... The complainant contacted the Commissioner on 17 September 2016 stating that he had not received a response. During the investigation, the Commissioner contacted the BBC on 5 occasions in October and November and the BBC provided a response on 1 December 2016. ... As the BBC d¡d not provide a response within 20 working days it did not comply with section 10(1) FOIA in handling this request. The Commissioner has therefore recorded a breach of section 10(1) of the FOIA by the BBC."

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

Some people may have been linked to the comment above, but please scroll up and read the whole thread to see...
(a) How the BBC inadvertently released sensitive TV Licensing information (that shows how ineffective TV Licensing's enforcement really is);
(b) How the BBC went into overdrive to try and undo its mistake once it realised it had leaked the information.

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Correspondence regarding failed redaction of Monthly Performance Pack'.

You took far too long to respond to my request, for no reason.

You didn't keep me informed as to what was happening with my request.

You didn't respond to my queries as to progress.

Some of the material is very difficult to read due to your poor quality copying.

Please review and check whether all the claimed exemptions are correctly applied, accurate, required and (where relevant) pass the public interest test.

I think you failed in your S16 duty to provide advice and assistance - you left me in the dark as to what, if anything, you were doing as a result of my request.

You certainly didn't comply with second 1, 10 and 17 of the Act.

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,

Doug Paulley

Dear FOI Enquiries,

Also please note that I requested copies of communications with WhatDoTheyKnow and Capita.

You have released correspondence in which your staff have indicated that such communications have taken place with WhatDoTheyKnow and with Capita, but you haven't released the communications in question.

Why?

Yours sincerely,

Doug Paulley

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Paulley

We have received your request for an internal review on 30th December 2016.

We will deal with the review as promptly as possible and will endeavour to do so within 20 working days in accordance with the Information Commissioner’s guidance, although in some instances reviews may take longer. If you have any queries, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your internal review is IR2016105.

Yours sincerely

The Information Policy and Compliance Team

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2882

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Paulley,

                                                     

Please find attached the response to your request for an Internal Review,
reference IR2016105.

 

Yours sincerely

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

Room BC2 A4

Broadcast Centre

White City

London

W12 7TS

UK

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

 

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