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Tony Davison made this Freedom of Information request to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please could you send me a copy of the criteria you use to place a Freedom of Information request onto your 'high profile' list.

Please also send a copy of the all the high profile lists you have for 2010.

Yours faithfully,

Tony Davison

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Davison

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010020003659
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 17/02/2010. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* "Please could you send me a copy of the criteria you use to place a
Freedom of Information request onto your 'high profile' list.
* Please also send a copy of the all the high profile lists you have
for 2010. "

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
contact me at the above e-mail address, quoting the reference number
above.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Policy and Support 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 Davison

Freedom of Information Act Request Reference No: 2010020003659
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 17/02/2010. I note you seek
access to the following information:

** Please could you send me a copy of the criteria you use to place
a Freedom of Information request onto your 'high profile' list. Please
also send a copy of the all the high profile lists you have for 2010.

We would very much like to discuss your FOIA request further via the
telephone and would be most grateful if you'd provide a telephone number
to enable us to do so.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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
contact A Duncan quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

A 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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Dear Ms Duncan,

I think all communication should be done in writing so that a paper trail exists.

I believe the Freedom of Information Act says only a name and a method of contact is required.

Should you have any further questions, please email me here

Yours faithfully,

Tony Davison

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Davison

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010020003659

I wanted to inform you that I am presently preparing the High Profile
Lists for disclosure; however I have encountered a difficulty with the
formatting of the documents, which means that some of the relevant
information is not appearing in the final response as it should do. I am
working around this now, although I am sorry that it means that your
response will be slightly delayed. I hope to complete the work tomorrow
and to be able to send your response then.

Yours sincerely

A. 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)

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Dear Mr Davison

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010020003659

I write in connection with your request for information dated which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 17/02/2010. I note
you seek access to the following information:

1. Please could you send me a copy of the criteria you use to place a
Freedom of Information request onto your 'high profile' list.
2. Please also send a copy of the all the high profile lists you have for
2010.

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the
MPS to locate information relevant to your request.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were
conducted at Public Access Office.

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches located records relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to:

* disclose answers to Question 1 and 2 subject to the deletion of
information pursuant to the provisions of section 40 (2) (Personal
Information) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act)

Please find the documents attached below. I apologise for the slight delay
in responding to you. This was due to a difficulty in re-formatting the
original spreadsheets for attachment to our case management system. As a
result of this formatting, certain requests of greater length were not
showing in full in the PDF documents; I have therefore copied these
requests in full into a separate word document for you (entitled High
Profile requests full version). I hope you find this useful.

REASONS FOR DECISION

Section 17 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 in
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 the fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

Section 40 (2)of the Act provides:

(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt
information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the
data subject.

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also
exempt information if***
(a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1),
and (b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

One of the main differences between the Data Protection Act (1998) and the
Freedom of Information Act (2000) is that any information released under
FOI is released into the public domain, not just to the individual
requesting the information. As such, any release that identifies an
individual through releasing their personal data, including third party
personal data, is exempt from disclosure.

Section 40(2) applies to third party
personal data. Personal data is defined under the Data Protection Act
(1998) as data that is biographical in nature, has the applicant as its
focus and/or affects the data subject's privacy in his or her personal,
professional or business life. Section 40 (2) applies as third party data
is present within the response letters. This includes individuals names,
addresses, email addresses and telephone extension numbers.

I have applied this exemption to all applicants' names and details
contained in the High Profile reports where release would identify a
living individual. One request has been withheld in full as the contents
of the request itself constitute a description of the applicant's
sensitive personal data. As the MPS has a duty to protect the identity of
the individual with regard to his personal, private and professional life,
this information is therefore exempt. Principle one of the DPA provides
that personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully. I consider that
to release the information requested relating to the individual would be
to process their personal data unfairly.

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 7161 3564 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrea Duncan
Policy & Support Team

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law. Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
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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