Former ICO head of enforcement

Robert Clarke made this Freedom of Information request to Information Commissioner's Office

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

I read with interest that the ICO’s former head of enforcement, Mr Mick Gorrill, has recently taken up an appointment with Field Fisher Waterhouse, a legal firm that has previously represented clients against whom the ICO was taking action.

I would be grateful if you could answer the following three questions.

1) Does the ICO have a process to vet the appointments of senior staff leaving the organisation? If not, is there any reason why the ICO does not follow the practice of the wider civil service in this regard?

2) If such a process does exist, was it followed in Mr Gorrill’s case? Were any issues identified?

3) Please provide copies of all correspondence held by the ICO, including emails and notes of telephone calls or meetings, between Mr Gorrill and members of the ICO’s staff. Please limit this part of my request to correspondence sent or received since Mr Gorrill’s appointment by Field Fisher Waterhouse.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Clarke

Information Commissioner's Office

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22nd August 2011

Reference: IRQ0411772

Dear Mr Clarke,

Thank you for your correspondence sent on 20^th August 2011.

Your request is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  We will respond by 19^th September 2011 which is
20 working days from the day after we received your request.

Should you wish to reply to this email, please be careful not to amend the
information in the ‘subject’ field. This will ensure that the
information is added directly to your case. However, please be aware that
this is an automated process; the information will not be read by a member
of our staff until your case is allocated to a request handler.

Yours sincerely

Hannah Burling

Lead Internal Compliance Officer

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14th September 2011

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0411772

 

Dear Mr Clarke

 

Further to our acknowledgement of 22 August 2011 we are now in a position
to provide you with a response to your request for information of 20
August 2011.

 

As you know we have dealt with your request in accordance with your
‘right to know’ under section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA), which entitles you to be provided with a copy of any
information ‘held’ by a public authority, unless an appropriate
exemption applies.

 

Request

 

You requested:

 

I read with interest that the ICO's former head of enforcement, Mr
Mick Gorrill, has recently taken up an appointment with Field
Fisher Waterhouse, a legal firm that has previously represented
clients against whom the ICO was taking action.

I would be grateful if you could answer the following three
questions.

1) Does the ICO have a process to vet the appointments of senior
staff leaving the organisation? If not, is there any reason why the
ICO does not follow the practice of the wider civil service in this
regard?

2) If such a process does exist, was it followed in Mr Gorrill's
case? Were any issues identified?

3) Please provide copies of all correspondence held by the ICO,
including emails and notes of telephone calls or meetings, between
Mr Gorrill and members of the ICO's staff. Please limit this part
of my request to correspondence sent or received since Mr Gorrill's
appointment by Field Fisher Waterhouse.

 

Information Held

 

I can confirm that there is information which falls within the scope of
your three requests.  For ease of reference I will answer each request in
turn.

 

1.     As best practice a member of the ICO’s HR department meets
with employees leaving the employment of the Information Commissioner by
way of an exit or farewell meeting, it does not specifically vet staff but
focuses on the individual’s experience of working at the ICO.  An exit
interview or meeting would generally cover reasons for leaving, the
employees general views of the ICO and training and development and
performance management whilst at the ICO.  It also gives the employee an
opportunity to discuss any other matters of provide general comments. 

 

2.     In light of the explanation provided in response to question 1,
no ‘vetting’ of Mick Gorrill was undertaken before he left the
organisation and therefore there is no recorded information within this
request.

 

3.     We are aware that Mick Gorrill is undertaking some consultancy
work for Field Fisher Waterhouse but that he is not directly employed by
them.  The news of his consultancy was publicised by Field Fisher
Waterhouse via a press release on 3 May 2011
[2]http://www.ffw.com/press-releases/2011/m...

However, we do not hold a date when Mick Gorrill commenced this
consultancy work but are aware that the earliest date would be 1 June
2011.  Therefore, the time period of this part of your request will be
any communication between 1 June 2011 and the date of your request which
was the 20 August 2011. 

 

There is information held within the scope of this request and some
information is attached.  However, the other information held is exempt
under Section 40(2) by virtue of Section 40(3)(a)(i) of FOIA.  Section
40(2) of FOIA allows a public authority to withhold information from a
response to a request under the FOIA when the information requested is
personal data relating to someone other than the requestor, and its
disclosure would contravene one of the Data Protection principles.

 

Having collated all the information within the scope of this request we
consider that such a disclosure would be unfair and in breach of the first
Data Protection principle which states that – “Personal data shall be
processed fairly and lawfully …”

 

I hope this information is of some help and assistance.  If however, you
are dissatisfied with the response you have received and wish to request a
review of our decision or make a complaint about how your request has been
handled you should write to the Internal Compliance Department at the
address below or e-mail [3][email address]

 

Your request for internal review should be submitted to us within 40
working days of receipt by you of this response.  Any such request
received after this time will only be considered at the discretion of the
Commissioner.

 

If having exhausted the review process you are not content that your
request or review has been dealt with correctly, you have a further right
of appeal to this office in our capacity as the statutory complaint
handler under the legislation.  To make such an application, please write
to the First Contact Team, at the address below or visit the
‘Complaints’ section of our website to make a Freedom of Information Act
or Environmental Information Regulations complaint online.

 

A copy of our review procedure is attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Charlotte Powell

Internal Compliance Manager

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

Before I determine whether I wish to ask for an internal review, may I please ask two questions? I believe the answers should be readily available.

1) How many emails were considered, and how many were withheld? Were any other pieces of correspondence considered and withheld?

2) Was the correspondence obtained from an unmediated source like an email archive / back-up, or solicited directly from recipients of the correspondence?

Yours faithfully,

Robert Clarke

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Thank you for emailing the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).  This
is an automatic acknowledgement to tell you we have received your email
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16th September 2011

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0411772

 

Dear Mr Clarke

 

Thank you for yesterdayÂ’s email concerning our recent response to your
information request.

 

Should you wish to submit a request for an internal review concerning the
way in which your request was handled and the response you received, the
questions that you raise would be considered. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Charlotte Powell

Internal Compliance

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

Thank you for your email.

As you have refused to answer these questions directly, please accept a request for an internal review.

I would like to be informed clearly how many pieces of correspondence were considered, and whether any pieces of correspondence were not disclosed at all. If so, how many were withheld in their entirety?

I would also like the reviewer to confirm that a full search of any existing email archive or back-up was carried out and any relevant files and other repositories of correspondence were also examined.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Clarke

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Thank you for emailing the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).  This
is an automatic acknowledgement to tell you we have received your email
safely.  Please do not reply to this email.

 

If your email was about a new complaint or request for advice it will be
considered by our Customer Contact Department.  One of our case officers
will be in touch as soon as possible. If you have sent us a complaint we
may need specific information from you before we are able to consider it. 
You can find out the type of information we would need from the
[1]complaints section of our website.

 

If your email was about an ongoing case we are dealing with it will be
allocated to the person handling your case.

 

If your email was about a case you have already submitted, but is yet to
be allocated to one of our case officers your email will be added to your
original correspondence and will be considered when your case is
allocated. Please note that further correspondence may not be viewed until
your case is allocated to a case officer.

 

If you require any further assistance please contact our Helpline on 0303

123 1133 or 01625 545745 if you prefer to use a national rate number.

 

Thank you for contacting the Information Commissioner's Office

 

ICO Customer Contact Department

 

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website.

 

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19th September 2011

 

Case Reference Number RCC0416842

 

Dear Mr Clarke

 

Thank you for your correspondence dated 17 September 2011.

 

This correspondence will now be treated as a request for review of your
recent request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We will respond by 14 October 2011 which is 20 working days from the day
after we received your recent correspondence.  This is in accordance with
our internal review procedures.

 

If you wish to add further information or evidence to your request for
review please reply to this email, being careful not to amend the
information in the ‘subject’ field. This will ensure that the
information is added directly to your case.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Charlotte Powell

Internal Compliance Manager

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13th October 2011

 

Case Reference Number RCC0416842

 

Dear Mr Clarke

 

Your request for an internal review of the handling of your information
request (case reference number IRQ0411772) has been passed to me to
undertake. I have considered the scope of your request, the response sent
to you and the specific points you have raised in your email of 17
September 2011.

 

Your information request was considered under Section 1(1) of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

Your request for information included:

 

‘copies of all correspondence held by the ICO including emails and notes
of telephone calls or meetings, between Mr Gorrill and members of the
ICOÂ’s staff. Please limit this part of my request to correspondence sent
or received since Mr GorrillÂ’s appointment by Field, Fisher Waterhouse.Â’

 

In response to that request you were informed that there was information
which fell within the scope of your request and some information was sent
to you. However, it was explained that some information was exempt from
disclosure under Section 40(2) by virtue of Section 40(3) (a) (i) of FOIA.
The information requested was personal data relating to someone other than
the requestor and its disclosure would contravene one of the Data
Protection Principles. I uphold that decision. 

 

In your email of 17 September 2011 requesting an internal review you have
asked to ‘be informed clearly how many pieces of correspondence were
considered, and whether any pieces of correspondence were not disclosed at
all. If so, how many were withheld in their entirety?Â’

 

I have concluded that since these questions, which ask for specific pieces
of information, did not form part of your original request, they should be
treated as a new request for information. A response will be sent to you
by 14 October 2011 which is 20 working days from the day after we received
your request.

 

You have also asked that the reviewer ‘confirm that a full search of any
existing email archive or back-up was carried out and any relevant files
and other repositories or correspondence were also examined.Â’

 

I can confirm that in this case our procedures for searching, locating and
retrieving information were followed to ensure that any information held
by ICO and which fell into the scope of your request was identified.

 

I should mention that, in general, ICO takes the view that information on
back up will not be regarded as ‘held’ for the purposes of the FOIA. ICO
holds information on back up media only for the purpose of disaster
recovery to enable the retrieval of information where, for example, there
has been a serious IT system failure. Back ups are not used by ICO as a
method of storage or archiving.

 

I should inform you that if you are unhappy with the outcome of this
internal review then you do have a right to appeal to ICO in our capacity
as the statutory regulator for the FOIA.

 

How to complain 

Information on how to complain is available on the ICO website at:

[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

By post: If all your supporting evidence is in hard copy you can fill in
the online Complaint Form, print it and post it to us with your supporting
evidence. Please send to:

First Contact Team

Information CommissionerÂ’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

By email: if all your supporting evidence is available electronically, you
can fill in our online complaint form. Information included in the form
and any supporting evidence will be sent to us by email.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lesley Bett

Head of Internal Compliance

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

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13th October 2011

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0420617

 

Dear Mr Clarke

 

I write with reference to your request for information dated 17 September
2011 and further to todayÂ’s correspondence to you from Lesley Bett.

 

As you are aware we have dealt with your request in accordance with your
‘right to know’ under section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA), which entitles you to be provided with a copy of any
information ‘held’ by a public authority, unless an appropriate
exemption applies.

 

You requested “I would like to be informed clearly how many pieces of
correspondence were considered, and whether any pieces of
correspondence were not disclosed at all. If so, how many were
withheld in their entirety?”

 

This referred to the handling of a previous request which we dealt with
under our reference IRQ0411772. I can confirm that four pieces of
correspondence were considered as within the scope of your request. Three
were withheld in their entirety and one was provided albeit redacted. 

 

I hope this response if helpful.  If however you are dissatisfied with
the response you have received and wish to request a review of our
decision or make a complaint about how your request has been handled you
should write to the Internal Compliance Department at the address below or
e-mail [2][email address]

 

Your request for internal review should be submitted to us within 40
working days of receipt by you of this response.  Any such request
received after this time will only be considered at the discretion of the
Commissioner.

 

If having exhausted the review process you are not content that your
request or review has been dealt with correctly, you have a further right
of appeal to this office in our capacity as the statutory complaint
handler under the legislation.  To make such an application, please write
to the First Contact Team, at the address below or visit the
‘Complaints’ section of our website to make a Freedom of Information Act
or Environmental Information Regulations complaint online.

 

A copy of our review procedure is attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Charlotte Powell

Internal Compliance Manager

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

Your response appears to be carefully phrased: if back-up tapes are not covered by FOI, that still leaves open the issue of an email archive or other repositories of information. You have ruled out any back-up tapes, but not mentioned any email archive, and have simply said that you followed your procedures.

Am I to infer from this that the ICO did not search for information and relied on what was provided by staff?

Yours faithfully,

Robert Clarke

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If your email was about an ongoing case we are dealing with it will be
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Thank you for contacting the Information Commissioner’s Office

 

Yours sincerely

 

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Dear Information Commissioner's Office,

You have not responded to my email of 14 October and more than 20 working days have elapsed.

Please respond as a matter of urgency.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Clarke

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Thank you for emailing the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).  This
is an automatic acknowledgement to tell you we have received your email
safely.  Please do not reply to this email.

 

If your email was about a new complaint or request for advice it will be
considered by our Customer Contact Department.  One of our case officers
will be in touch as soon as possible. If you have sent us a complaint we
may need specific information from you before we are able to consider it. 
You can find out the type of information we would need from the
[1]complaints section of our website.

 

If your email was about an ongoing case we are dealing with it will be
allocated to the person handling your case.

 

If your email was about a case you have already submitted, but is yet to
be allocated to one of our case officers your email will be added to your
original correspondence and will be considered when your case is
allocated. Please note that further correspondence may not be viewed until
your case is allocated to a case officer.

 

If you require any further assistance please contact our Helpline on 0303

123 1113 or 01625 545745 if you prefer to use a national rate number.

 

Thank you for contacting the Information Commissioner's Office

 

ICO Customer Contact Department

 

Making a request for information held by the ICO?

For more information about the ICO’s handling of requests for
information please visit our [2]Information about us section of our
website.

 

Equality and Diversity

The Information Commissioner’s Office is committed to providing equality
for all and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination. We
have produced a questionnaire to help us to produce a profile of our
customers. The questionnaire can be found on our [3]Equality and
Diversity webpage.

 

Our newsletter

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Twitter

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25th November 2011

 

Case Reference Number RCC0416842

 

Dear Mr Clarke

 

I am writing in response to your emails of 14 October 2011 and 18 November
2011.

 

An internal review has been completed into the handling of your
information request and the outcome has been communicated to you.

 

As I explained in my response of 13 October 2011 if you are dissatisfied
with the outcome of the internal review then you do have a right to appeal
to ICO in our statutory capacity as the statutory regulator for the FOIA.

 

Information on how to complain is available on the ICO website at:

[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...  

By post: If your supporting evidence is in hard copy, you can fill in the
Word version of our complaint form, print it out and post it to us with
your supporting evidence. A printable Freedom of Information Act
complaints form is available from the ICO website. Please send to:

First Contact Team
Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

By email: If all your supporting evidence is available electronically, you
can fill in our online complaint form. Important: information included in
the form, and any supporting evidence will be sent to us by email.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lesley Bett

Head of Internal Compliance

 

 

Yours sincerely

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

I would like to make the following FOI request.

When my FOI request for emails relating to Mr Mick Gorrill was processed, were emails and correspondence requested from individual members of staff, or was there a search of an archive?

I believe that correspondence sent out by the Internal Compliance team should reveal which was the case.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Clarke

Thank you for emailing the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).  This
is an automatic acknowledgement to tell you we have received your email
safely.  Please do not reply to this email.

 

If your email was about a new complaint or request for advice it will be
considered by our Customer Contact Department.  One of our case officers
will be in touch as soon as possible. 

 

If your email was about an ongoing case we are dealing with it will be
allocated to the person handling your case.

 

If your email was about a case you have already submitted, but is yet to
be allocated to one of our case officers your email will be added to your
original correspondence and will be considered when your case is
allocated.

 

If you require any further assistance please contact our Helpline on 0303
123 1133 or 01625 545745 if you prefer to use a national rate number.

 

Thank you for contacting the Information Commissioner’s Office

 

Yours sincerely

 

ICO Customer Contact Department

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29th November 2011

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0426288

 

Dear Mr Clarke

 

I write with reference to your email from earlier today which contained a
new request for information.  Your request is being dealt with in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  A response to your
request is due no later than 29 December 2011 which is 20 working days
from the day after we received your request.  However, as the office is
closed that day we will aim to respond no later than 23 December.

 

Should you wish to reply to this email, please be careful not to amend the
information in the ‘subject’ field. This will ensure that the
information is added directly to your request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Charlotte Powell

Internal Compliance Manager

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8th December 2011

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0426288

 

Dear Mr Clarke

 

Further to our acknowledgement of 29 November 2011 we are now in a
position to provide you with a response to your request for information of
the same date.

 

As you know we have dealt with your request in accordance with your
‘right to know’ under section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA), which entitles you to be provided with a copy of any
information ‘held’ by a public authority, unless an appropriate
exemption applies.

 

Request

You requested “When my FOI request for emails relating to Mr Mick Gorrill
was processed, were emails and correspondence requested from individual
members of staff, or was there a search of an archive?

I believe that correspondence sent out by the Internal Compliance
team should reveal which was the case”.

 

Response

Copied below is an email that was sent by the Internal Compliance
Department to all staff concerning your request. This email was sent by me
on 2 September 2011 at 15:31. This is all the recorded information which
falls within the scope of your request.

 

All

 

We have received a request for information which we are dealing with under
FOIA.  One part of this request asks for the following recorded official
information:

 

“All correspondence held by the ICO including emails and notes of
telephone calls or meetings between Mick Gorrill and members of ICOÂ’s
staff”. 

 

This request covers the period of 3 May 2011 and 20 August 2011.

 

If you hold any information can you send me a copy to [2]internal
compliance without making any amendment or redactions?  Please can we have
all information by 12 September 2011?  There is no need to respond to this
email if you do not hold any information in the scope of this request.

 

Any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Many thanks

Charlotte

 

Charlotte Powell     Internal Compliance Manager

 

Information CommissionerÂ’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF.

01625 545760 F. 01625 524510 [3]www.ico.gov.uk

 

I hope this information is of help and assistance.  If however if you are
dissatisfied with the response you have received and wish to request a
review of our decision or make a complaint about how your request has been
handled you should write to the Internal Compliance Department at the
address below or e-mail [4][email address]

 

Your request for internal review should be submitted to us within 40
working days of receipt by you of this response.  Any such request
received after this time will only be considered at the discretion of the
Commissioner.

 

If having exhausted the review process you are not content that your
request or review has been dealt with correctly, you have a further right
of appeal to this office in our capacity as the statutory complaint
handler under the legislation.  To make such an application, please write
to the First Contact Team, at the address below or visit the
‘Complaints’ section of our website to make a Freedom of Information Act
or Environmental Information Regulations complaint online.

 

A copy of our review procedure is attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Charlotte Powell

Internal Compliance Manager

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

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Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Tel: 0303 123 1113 Fax: 01625 524 510 Web: www.ico.gov.uk

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