Data analytics usage

Data Justice Lab made this Freedom of Information request to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 403 authorities

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Data Justice Lab

Dear Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council,

We are submitting the following Freedom of Information Request for documents relating to uses of data analytics, predictive analytics, or algorithmic automated systems used for risk assessment, scoring systems or automated decision making within the jurisdiction of your authority. This could include the use of these data systems in order to draw insights from large and integrated datasets, or to influence decisions about resources, funding or service delivery. This could include, but may not be limited to, uses of predictive analytics in child welfare, health care, adult social care, fraud detection, or policing.

Specifically, we are requesting:

· Any briefing notes, reports, evaluations, or summaries concerning uses of algorithmically driven data systems. Ideally this would include information about software, hardware, operations and types of data

· Any overviews about how system outputs are produced.

· Any training manuals or materials (e.g. slides, etc.) for staff about data collection, analysis, assessment and reporting as related to the use of the systems.

. Any impact assessments

· Any data visualisation outputs connected to the systems.

· Any promotional material, presentation material, or staff educational material related to the systems.

. Any contracts relating to the systems. We argue that the release of contracts does not compromise commercial sensitivity. The full argument is provided below.*

Also, please note we are not requesting datasets or any data about individuals.

Please let us know if any information requires clarifying.

We would like to receive electronic copies of this information.

All the very best,

Data Justice Lab

Please note that we are following the Information Commissioner’s guidance on the Freedom of Information Act which specifies that requests can be made by organisations and there is no need for a named individual (pages 9-10, sections 38-39).
Source: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

*Addressing the commercial sensitivity question:
a) Section 20 of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s ‘Local Government Transparency Code 2015’, which encourages greater transparency in the public interest, notes:

‘The Government has not seen any evidence that publishing details about contracts entered into by local authorities would prejudice procurement exercises or the interests of commercial organisations, or breach commercial confidentiality unless specific confidentiality clauses are included in contracts. Local authorities should expect to publish details of contracts newly entered into – commercial confidentiality should not, in itself, be a reason for local authorities to not follow the provisions of this Code’.

Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk... (page 9, section 20)

b) There is always the potential for a company in any area to act in bad faith, but this should not be a reason to deny access to information about how public money is spent.

c) Contract and tendering details are provided regularly by a range of government bodies in the public interest. For example, many police and fire services release contractual information through the Bluelight database ( https://www.blpd.gov.uk/foi/foi.aspx ).

d) There may be core aspects of the systems contracted that have competitive commercial value and we appreciate that such details will be redacted from any documents released. We argue that commercial interests will not be compromised by revealing other details that may be provided in contracts or related communications with contracted companies. Details that could be released include details about the existence of a system, it's purpose, the tasks being contracted, continued relationships, general descriptions, types of data being used, how this data is shared.

Natalie Browne, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

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Good afternoon 

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information received on Friday
20 July 2018.

 

Unfortunately, I am not obliged to process this as it is not deemed to be
a valid request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; you have not
given a full and correct name as the applicant.

 

Section 8(1)(b) of the FOIA requires that a request for information must
include the real name of the requester.

 

According to guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office,  if the
requester: fails to provide a name; can’t be identified from the name
provided (for example because they have only used their first name or
initials) or is using an obvious pseudonym, then their request won’t meet
the requirements of section 8(1)(b) and will technically be invalid.

 

I cannot process your request for this reason. If you were to resubmit
your request using a correct name, I would be happy to reconsider.

 

Kind Regards

 

Natalie Browne

Communications and Freedom of Information Support Officer

The Hinckley Hub

Rugby Road

Leics, LE10 0FR

[email address]

01455 255773

 

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Data Justice Lab

Dear Natalie Browne,

In regards to a name, please refer to the section of our request where we address this and provide a link to guidance provided by the Information Commissioner's Office. Here is the relevant section again:

"Please note that we are following the Information Commissioner’s guidance on the Freedom of Information Act which specifies that requests can be made by organisations and there is no need for a named individual (pages 9-10, sections 38-39).
Source: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio... "

Yours sincerely,

Data Justice Lab

Natalie Browne, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

I am currently away from the office, returning on Thursday 2 August 2018.

 

For urgent enquiries, please contact Faye Biddles:
[email address] or Jacqueline Puffett:
[email address]

 

 

Faye Biddles, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Good morning,

 

In response to your request, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council does not
use data analytics, predictive analytics, or algorithmic automated systems
for risk assessment. We have no scoring or automated systems. This
information is not held.

 

Kind regards

 

Faye Biddles

Information Governance Officer

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, LE10 0FR

Telephone: 01455 255745

Email: [1][email address]  

 

This email and any files sent with it are confidential.
If this email isn't intended for you, please notify the sender immediately
and then permanently delete it.
You must not read, print, store, disclose, copy or take any other action
in respect of this email.
 
We routinely monitor incoming and outgoing email messages to ensure they
comply with Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council's policy on the use of
electronic communications.
The contents of emails may have to be disclosed to a request under the
Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
The views expressed by the author may not necessarily reflect the views or
policies of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council.
Attachments to email messages may contain viruses that may damage your
system.
Whilst Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has taken every reasonable
precaution to minimise this risk, we cannot accept any liability for any
damage you suffer as a result.
You are advised to carry out your own virus checks before opening any
attachment.
Save paper - only print this email if necessary.
Visit us online: www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk
Main office: Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, Leics LE10 0FR. Main
switchboard: 01455 238141

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