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ICO use of powers for false or misleading data pertaining to removal of children / child abuse cover ups

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Dear Information Commissioner's Office,

I write with reference to my previous FOI requests, links below, and your confirmation that you do not have an enforcement team as such in your comment below. I have also linked two quotes from prominent people about injustices towards children.

The removal of a child from a parent by false or inaccurate data, normally by social services, was the most drastic mater judges have to deal with bar the since the death penalty was abolished. [full Sir James Munby quote below]

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet [on police sabotaging child abuse investigations] said that child abuse crimes were the most heinous crimes imaginable.

The ICO commissioner has quoted (full quote below), “As Information Commissioner, I always try to select the most suitable regulatory tool by assessing the nature and seriousness of a failure, the sensitivity of the subject matter, whether and how individuals have been affected, the novelty and duration of the concerns, the public interest, and whether other regulatory authorities are already taking action on the matter.”

Citing Sir James Munby and Mr Andy Prophets quotes, I believe removing children or perverting the course of justice to cover up child abuse meets the ICO criteria most seriousness and sensitivity of subject matter, which affects individuals to a serious degree (abuse victims self-harm commit suicide, parents have their children removed have PTSD, commit suicide. Both are in the public interest. From experience of myself being a whistle blower exposing coverups authorities gag parents and stop them seeking justice, highlighting authorities or agencies refuse to remedy injustice.

1. Therefore, I ask what powers the ICO have used or enforced against any authority or agency that has provided false, misleading or inaccurate data to remove a child(ren) from its parent(s). Please name authorities and / or agencies.

2. I ask what powers the ICO have used or enforced against any authority or agency that has provided false data (i.e. falsified a police investigation or altered a child’s medical records) to pervert the course of justice to cover up or conceal child sexual abuse. Please name the authorities and / or agencies.

FOI links
Enforcement of data by the ICO - reported breaches by civil servants / government agencies / whistle blowers
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Enforcement of data by the ICO - reported breaches by members of the public
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

ICO Comment
“With regards to part one of your requests, technically the ICO does not have an Enforcement Team as such. As a result of GDPR there is no specific enforcement department within the ICO. However various departments and teams within the ICO can take enforcement action, should they deem it appropriate. The formal regulatory powers can be used by a number of teams within the ICO, with the majority of the associated enforcement work being undertaken within the Regulatory Supervision Service. Any decision whether or not to take enforcement action is always made in line with our Regulatory Action Policy which can be found at: https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/d...

*From the link you supplied in your comment I derived the following;

“My office has a range of enforcement and sanctioning powers, from light to severe – from letters warning against intended processing of data to monetary penalties of up to 4% of global turnover for the most serious and harmful contraventions. These are significant powers, and we must use them predictably, consistently and judiciously. As Information Commissioner, I always try to select the most suitable regulatory tool by assessing the nature and seriousness of a failure, the sensitivity of the subject matter, whether and how individuals have been affected, the novelty and duration of the concerns, the public interest, and whether other regulatory authorities are already taking action on the matter. This all links back to my Information Rights Strategic Plan - my office’s fiveyear programme of key regulatory priorities”

Quotes
Sir James Munby, previous head of family courts said;

“Sir James, who is president of the Family Division of the High Court, said the removal of children from their families had become the most drastic matter judges dealt with now there was no death penalty. He said the rulings could affect mothers for ‘upwards of 60 or even 70 years’ and children for even longer.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

Two Essex Police detectives jailed for sabotaging child abuse cases; Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet made a comment on child failed abuse cases.

“Following today’s verdict Essex Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet apologised to victims and their families but said the force were now "confident but not complacent" things had improved….
He said; “Nothing is more important than protecting children.”

“"Those victims had suffered child abuse, one of the most heinous crimes imaginable.”
https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/1750...

FOI
Please go back at a year to coincide with costs.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Brennan

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ICO Casework, Information Commissioner's Office

2 November 2020

Our reference: IC-67182-F3R6 

Dear C Brennan,

Acknowledgement of request for information

 

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information and was passed to the ICO’s information access team.

 

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24 November 2020

Our reference: IC-67182-F3R6
Dear C Brennan,

Please find attached our response to your request for information.
Yours sincerely,

Hannah Silk
Lead Information Access Officer
Information Commissioner’s Office 
0330 313 1688

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