Data Justice Lab

Dear Blaby District 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.

Emily Henderson, Blaby District Council

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Dear Data Justice Lab,

Freedom of Information Request – FOI-18-1134

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received
on the 20/07/2018.

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Emily Henderson, Blaby District Council

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Dear Data Justice Lab,

Freedom of Information Request – FOI-18-1134

Please find enclosed a response to your request for information, which was
received on 20/07/2018, and has been dealt with under the Freedom of
Information Act 200 (“the Act”).

Blaby District Council use is MOSAIC Segmentation system from Experion
https://www.segmentationportal.com/?host...

Briefing notes - See attached MOSAIC Info sheet and Profile Notes
Overviews - See attached MOSAIC brochures
Training - See attached PowerPoint document
Impact Assessments - ~There are no impact assessments
Data visualisation - See attached Pavillion PowerPoint
Material - See weblink above and attached brochure.
Contracts - No documents available

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Yours sincerely

Information Governance Team, Blaby District Council

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Emily Henderson, Blaby District Council

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Dear Data Justice Lab,

I am unable to provide all of the relevant attachments in relation to this request. Please provide a link to the request on what do they know.com and I will try to upload the remaining files directly to the website.

I have attached 3 additional documents to this email.

Kind Regards

Emily Henderson
Information Governance Officer

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Dear Emily Henderson,

Thank you very much for getting back to us. Here is the link to this request on WhatDoTheyKnow. However, we have our FOI set to become public in a few months, so it might not be accessible yet. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/alaveteli...

Perhaps the additional materials could be included in an additional reply to this email?

Many thanks,

Data Justice Lab

Emily Henderson, Blaby District Council

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Dear Data Justice Lab

Please find attached an additional document.

Kind Regards

Emily Henderson
Information Governance Officer

Telephone: 0116 272 7678
Visit Our Website: www.blaby.gov.uk

Please save paper and only print out what is necessary

Find out what level of service you are entitled to receive by viewing our Service Standards

To find out about how we use your personal information, please review our privacy notice.

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Emily Henderson, Blaby District Council

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Dear Data Justice Lab,

Please find attached the final document in relation to your FOI request.

Kind Regards

Emily Henderson
Information Governance Officer

Telephone: 0116 272 7678
Visit Our Website: www.blaby.gov.uk

Please save paper and only print out what is necessary

Find out what level of service you are entitled to receive by viewing our Service Standards

To find out about how we use your personal information, please review our privacy notice.

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