Dear Information Commissioner's Office,
In an FOI response in 2012 the DWP disclosed the following:
'Text to include in letter to a claimant intending to publish, or who has published telephone/video recordings on the internet:
You have asked to have your interview with Departmental officials recorded. It is your right to do so.
However, you should know that you are entitled to record your business with DWP if the recordings are to be used by you for domestic purposes only, that is your personal, family, or household affairs (including recreational purposes),
Publishing the recordings on the internet, or in any other way, may not be treated as a domestic purpose and may indicate that you are acting in law as a data controller under the Data Protection Act. If you intend to make the contents of your recording publicly available you need to notify the Information Commissioner of your actions.
The Information Commissioner is Parliament’s independent regulator of the Data Protection Act and he may take formal enforcement action to ensure your compliance with the Act. It is a criminal offence for a data controller to process personal information if they have not registered this with the Information Commissioner.
*[Please confirm to me that you have understood this letter and that no [further] use of the material will be made on the internet. If not we intend to alert the Information Commissioner to your unacceptable behaviour].
*[If you are not satisfied with the service that you have experienced from Jobcentre Plus/ PDCS* then arrangements can be made for you to discuss your concerns with a senior manager. Please let me know if you wish to arrange such a meeting.]
* delete as appropriate
1. For the year 2020/21, please provide the number of DWP claimants who notified you of their intention to make publicly available the contents of recordings involving DWP staff.
2. For the year 2020/21, please provide the number of DWP claimants you contacted regarding the potentially criminal publication of recordings involving DWP staff.
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11 June 2021
Our reference: IC-111557-Y7H3
Dear J Roberts,
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