Dear Madam or Sir,

Please provide an introductory briefing or a training manual
containing a description of the data retrievable from the European Vehicle Identification Database (EUVID).

This database was mentioned in the Europol annual report 2007 as being developed and disseminated by Europol in cooperation with member states' law enforcement agencies. I note in the same report that Metropolitan Police Service has representation at Europol.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Dr Kaihsu Tai

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Tai

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009020001968
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 06/02/2009. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Please provide an introductory briefing or a training manual
containing a description of the data retrievable from the European
Vehicle Identification Database (EUVID). This database was mentioned
in the Europol annual report 2007 as being developed and disseminated
by Europol in cooperation with member states' law enforcement
agencies. I note in the same report that Metropolitan Police Service
has representation at Europol.

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act). You will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act,
subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference
to a third party. In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to
achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and
given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your
right of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
write or contact Andrea Duncan on telephone number 020 7161 3564
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrea Duncan
Policy & Support Team
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think
the decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your
request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is
to telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your
decision letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues
and assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision
of the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act)
regarding access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS
to have the decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied
with the decision you may make application to the Information
Commissioner for a decision on whether the request for information has
been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk. Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Tai,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009020001968

I respond in connection with your request for information dated 6th
February 2009, which was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
on the same date. I note you seek access to the following information:

* Please provide an introductory briefing or a training manual
containing a description of the data retrievable from the European
Vehicle Identification Database (EUVID). This database was mentioned
in the Europol annual report 2007 as being developed and disseminated
by Europol in cooperation with member states' law enforcement
agencies. I note in the same report that Metropolitan Police Service
has representation at Europol.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), we have 20 working
days to respond to a request for information unless we are considering
whether the information requested is covered by one of the 'qualified
exemptions' (exemptions which must be tested against the public interest
before deciding whether they apply to the information in question).

I am currently awaiting ACPO guidance in relation to your request.
Unfortunately this will result in my overrunning the statutory deadline.

I can now advise you that the amended date for a response is 27th March
2009.

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 020 7230 2372 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

James Young
SCD Information Manager

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again -

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Tai,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009020001968

I respond in connection with your request for information dated 6th
February 2009, which was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
on the same date. I note you seek access to the following information:

* Please provide an introductory briefing or a training manual
containing a description of the data retrievable from the European
Vehicle Identification Database (EUVID). This database was mentioned
in the Europol annual report 2007 as being developed and disseminated
by Europol in cooperation with member states' law enforcement
agencies. I note in the same report that Metropolitan Police Service
has representation at Europol.

Please accept this letter as an acknowledgement of receipt of your
request, which has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (the Act).

The MPS neither confirms nor denies that it holds the information you
requested as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Act does not apply by
virtue of Section 31(3) Law Enforcement.

Section 1 of the Act places two duties on public authorities. Unless
exemptions apply, the first duty at Section 1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny
whether the information specified in a request is held. The second duty
at Section 1(1)(b) is to disclose information that has been confirmed as
being held. Where exemptions are relied upon, Section 17 of the Act
requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a) states that
fact; (b) specified the exemption(s) in question; and (c) states (if it
would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

Section 31 is a qualified exemption, which means that we are required to
consider whether the public interest in maintaining the exclusion of the
duty to confirm or deny outweighs the public interest in disclosing
whether the information is held.

The MPS can neither confirm nor deny that it holds information in relation
to this request by virtue of Section 31(3) Law Enforcement.

Confirmation or denial of the existence of this manual would highlight
which forces, if any, use the European Vehicle Identification Database
(EUVID).

The MPS will not disclose whether or not it has used any specific law
enforcement technique/s if to do so would disclose tactical information to
the detriment of those techniques.

This response should not be taken as an indication that the information
you have requested exists or does not exist.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response, please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights, which explains how to make a complaint.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 020 7230 2372, or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

James Young
SCD Information Manager
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Dear Madam or Sir,

Please relay this message to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service's handling of my FOI request 'European Vehicle Identification Database'.

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

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Kaihsu Tai

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr/Ms Tai

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009030006054

I write in connection with your letter dated 20 March 2009 requesting that
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review its response dated [ insert
response date] to your request for information relating to:

* Case number: 2009020001968.

The review will be conducted in accordance to the MPS's complaints
procedure. The MPS endeavour to respond to your complaint by 20 May 2009.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact Sarah Pallen on telephone number 020 71613604 or at the address at
the top of the letter quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Pallen
Freedom of Information Policy, Research, Review Officer

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Tai

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009030006054

Further to our letter of 23 March 2009, I have unfortunately been unable
to meet the response time originally provided to you in relation to:

FOI original case number: 2009020001968

I hope to complete your review no later than 10 June 2009. Should there
be any unforeseen delay, I will contact you and update you as soon as
possible.

I apologise for the delay, and thank you for your patience.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to contact the Information
Commissioner with your complaint.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

S. Pallen
Freedom of Information Policy, Research, Review Officer
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Dr. Tai,
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009030006054
Further to our letter of 21 May 2009, I have unfortunately been unable to
meet the response time originally provided to you in relation to:
FOI original case number: 2009020001968
I hope to complete your review no later than 01 July 2009. Should there
be any unforeseen delay, I will contact you and update you as soon as
possible.
I apologise for the delay, and thank you for your patience.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS
If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to contact the Information
Commissioner with your complaint.
Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.
Yours sincerely

David Edwards
Freedom of Information Team
COMPLAINT RIGHTS
Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?
You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.
Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.
Ask to have the decision looked at again –
The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.
That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.
Complaint
If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.
Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:
FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner
After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.
For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Dr. Tai,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009030006054

Further to our letter of 23 March 2009, I am now able to provide a
response to your complaint dated 20 March 2009 concerning:

* FOIA complaint regarding European Vehicle Identification Database -
Case number: 2009020001968

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has
decided to:

* Uphold the original decision

REASON FOR DECISION

The purpose of this review was to assess the decision made by James Young
in his response dated 20 March 2009. Mr Young identified the exemption
provided under Section 31, Law Enforcement, as relevant to your request.
Furthermore Mr Young applied this exemption to our duty to confirm or
deny whether the requested information is held.

Following my review I have decided to uphold the original decision,
therefore the MPS can neither confirm nor deny that it holds information
in relation to this request by virtue of Section 31(3) Law Enforcement.

This response should not be taken as an indication that the information
you have requested exists of does not exist.

ISSUES IDENTIFIED

On 27 February 2009 Mr Young sent you an email confirming that we were
seeking advice and that the request deadline had been amended. As the
case was not completed within the statutory deadline the MPS has failed to
comply with Section 10 of the Act. Please accept my apologies for this
delay.

Where a public authority has applied an exemption to a request for
information they must provide the applicant with a refusal notice under
Section 17 of the Act. I am sorry that Mr Young failed to provide you
with this notice which is included below.

Section 17(1) of the Act provides:
(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision of Part II relating
to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying
with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-
(a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption applies.

In the original response Mr Young confirmed that Section 31 of the Act is
a qualified exemption. He went on to state that this means that we are
required to consider whether the public interest in maintaining the
exclusion from the duty to confirm or deny outweighs the public interest
in confirming whether or not the information is held. Unfortunately Mr
Young did not communicate this Public Interest Test to you. Please accept
my apologies for this error. The Public Interest Test relating to this
request is below.

Harm

Confirmation or denial of the existence of this manual would highlight
which forces, if any, use the European Vehicle Identification Database.
This information could be used by those with criminal intent to target
specific areas in order to avoid apprehension. This would cause an
increase in crime resulting in more victims of crime and an increase in
the fear of crime.

Considerations favouring the confirmation or denial that the requested
information is held

Accountability

The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act is to improve transparency
and accountability in public authorities. Confirming whether or not the
requested information is held would show the measures the MPS are taking
to combat vehicle related crime.

Public awareness and debate

Confirmation that the requested information is held, if it is held, would
assist in public awareness and debate. For example, there is a valid
public interest in whether law enforcement agencies are making the best
use of tools available to them.

Consideration favouring the exclusion from the duty to confirm or deny
that the requested information is held

Efficient and effective conduct of the service

As explained in the harm above if the MPS was to confirm whether or not it
holds the requested material our ability to enforce the law would be
compromised. In Mr Young's original response he explained that the MPS
will not disclose whether or not it has used any specific law enforcement
technique(s) if to do so would disclose tactical information to the
detriment of those techniques. I have attributed significant weight to
this public interest consideration.

Investigations

As I have explained above providing confirmation or denial of the
existence of this manual would highlight what forces, if any, use the
European Vehicle Identification Database. If this request was asked of
all forces, this information could be used to map the use of the European
Vehicle Identification Database and therefore compromise the criminal
justice process.

Public safety

Under the Act we cannot, and do not, request the motives of any applicant
for information. We have no doubt the vast majority of applications under
the Act are legitimate and do not have any ulterior motives, however, by
confirming whether information is held or not to one applicant we are
expressing a willingness to confirm this to anyone in the world. This
means that a disclosure to a genuinely interested and concerned applicant
automatically opens it up for a similar disclosure to anyone, including
those who might represent a threat to individuals, the UK or to Europe as
a whole.

It is widely recognised that terrorist organisations use criminal activity
in order to fund their operations. In this instance the confirmation of
the manual's existence would assist terrorist organisations to focus their
attempts to secure funding into specific areas. This would inevitably
lead to a risk to public safety.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to contact the Information
Commissioner with your complaint.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 0207 161 3583 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

David Edwards
FOIA Quality and Assurance Advisor
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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