Deaths in NIMS database

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Dear UK Health Security Agency,

I am rewording a previous request:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Please can you provide data on people who are no longer included in the published NIMS database but are held by you because they died prior to the latest publication but after December 2020.

This request is only for adults over the age of 20 and the age information can be given in the categories used in the NIMS dataset to ensure anonymity.

Please provide the following data for people who have been removed after death since December 2020:

1. Age at first dose
2. Date of each dose of covid vaccine that they were given
3. Date of death

In order to make the dates of death anonymous please do the following. For each data of death add a value to the date randomly selected from this range (-3, -2, -1, +1, 2, 3). It will then be impossible to determine who the record relates to.

I would like to draw you attention to the decision of the House of Lords in Common Services Agency v Scottish Information Commissioner, in which it was ruled that "barnardisation" of data did not amount to the creation of new information. Although the case technically arose under Scottish law, there is no reason why it would not also apply in England - given the similarity in wording between the two pieces of legislation (FOIA and FOISA):

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld...

Yours faithfully,

Dr Clare Craig

Information Rights, UK Health Security Agency

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Dear Clare Craig,  

 

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Yours sincerely,
Information Rights Team
Parliamentary and Public Accountability Team
UK Health Security Agency
[1][UKHSA request email] 
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From: Clare Craig <[FOI #1012432 email]>
Sent: 04 August 2023 10:24
To: Information Rights <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Deaths in NIMS database
 
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Dear UK Health Security Agency,

I am rewording a previous request:
[4]https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlo...

Please can you provide data on people who are no longer included in the
published NIMS database but are held by you because they died prior to the
latest publication but after December 2020.

This request is only for adults over the age of 20 and the age information
can be given in the categories used in the NIMS dataset to ensure
anonymity.

Please provide the following data for people who have been removed after
death since December 2020:

1. Age at first dose
2. Date of each dose of covid vaccine that they were given
3. Date of death

In order to make the dates of death anonymous please do the following. For
each data of death add a value to the date randomly selected from this
range (-3, -2, -1, +1, 2, 3). It will then be impossible to determine who
the record relates to.

I would like to draw you  attention to the decision of the House of Lords
in Common Services Agency v Scottish Information Commissioner, in which it
was ruled that "barnardisation" of data did not amount to the creation of
new information. Although the case technically arose under Scottish law,
there is no reason why it would not also apply in England - given the
similarity in wording between the two pieces of legislation (FOIA and
FOISA):

[5]https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlo...

Yours faithfully,

Dr Clare Craig

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Dear Clare Craig,

 

Please find attached the UK Health Security Agency's response to your
request.

 

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Team

Parliamentary and Public Accountability Team

UK Health Security Agency

[1][UKHSA request email] 

[2]www.gov.uk/ukhsa  Follow us on Twitter @UKHSA

 

 

 

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Dear UK Health Security Agency,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of UK Health Security Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Deaths in NIMS database'.

There was already an internal review of this request which resulted in me contacting the ICO. They advised me that the UKHSA's claim that Barnadisation of the data amounted to creating new data had case law where the judge said this was not the case and should not be used as an excuse.

I was then asked to put that to you in a new request, which I did.

The ICO have now asked me to open an internal review of that.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Yours faithfully,

Clare Craig

Information Rights, UK Health Security Agency

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Dear Clare Craig,

 

We acknowledge receipt of your email, which will be treated as a request
for an internal review, following your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please note we aim to complete your internal review within 20 working days
from the day following the date of receipt of your request. We will notify
you if we anticipate the internal review taking longer than 20 working
days.    

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights Team

Parliamentary and Public Accountability Team

UK Health Security Agency

[1][UKHSA request email] 

[2]www.gov.uk/ukhsa  Follow us on Twitter @UKHSA

 

 

 

 

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Dear Clare Craig,
Please find attached UKHSA's response to your request.
Yours sincerely,
Information Rights Team
Parliamentary and Public Accountability Team
UK Health Security Agency
[1][UKHSA request email] 
[2]www.gov.uk/ukhsa  Follow us on Twitter @UKHSA

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From: Information Rights <[email address]>
Sent: 29 September 2023 13:08
To: [FOI #1012432 email]
<[FOI #1012432 email]>
Cc: Information Rights <[email address]>
Subject: Case ref: 455 - Internal review of Freedom of Information request
- Deaths in NIMS database
 

Dear Clare Craig,

 

We acknowledge receipt of your email, which will be treated as a request
for an internal review, following your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please note we aim to complete your internal review within 20 working days
from the day following the date of receipt of your request. We will notify
you if we anticipate the internal review taking longer than 20 working
days.    

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights Team

Parliamentary and Public Accountability Team

UK Health Security Agency

[3][UKHSA request email] 

[4]www.gov.uk/ukhsa  Follow us on Twitter @UKHSA

 

 

 

 

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