Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

Since ICO's inception how many complaints against the MOD have there been?
How many found in favour of MOD?
How many found in favour of the complainant?
How many Enforcement Notices were issued against MOD?
How many cases were referred for High Court action?

Yours faithfully,

rex young

AccessICOinformation, Information Commissioner’s Office

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Information Commissioner’s Office

7 April 2017

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0673155

 

Dear Mr Young,

I write further to your 20 March 2017 email in which you submitted an
information request to the ICO via the whatdotheyknow.com website. We have
dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
and our response is below.
 
Your request
 
In your email you requested:
 
“Since ICO's inception how many complaints against the MOD have there
been?
How many found in favour of MOD?
How many found in favour of the complainant?
How many Enforcement Notices were issued against MOD?
How many cases were referred for High Court action?”
 
Our response
 
I can confirm we hold some information within the scope of your request
and our responses are below.
 
“Since ICO's inception how many complaints against the MOD have there
been?
How many found in favour of MOD?
How many found in favour of the complainant?”
 
Our response - We do not hold information about the number of complaints
the ICO has received about the Ministry of Defence (MOD) dating back to
the inception of the ICO. This is because cases held on our electronic
case management system are usually deleted 2 years after the last action
on a case due to our retention schedule. A copy of our retention schedule
is available on our website here:
 
[1]https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/p...
 
We now publish datasets containing details of our completed casework on
our website here
[2]https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/our-inf....
 
Information is currently available for the financial years 2014/15 and
2015/16, and April 2016.
 
The data sets are published in a reusable format and include: 
  
*Our reference number for the work completed;
*the type of work and legislation it falls under;
*the name of the organisation responsible for the processing of personal
information;
*the sector the organisation represents;
*the nature of the issues involved;
*the date the work was completed; and
*the outcome following our consideration of the issues.
 
You can filter the data sets by the 'Submitted about party' column or
search the data set to find cases relating to the data controllers or
public authorities that you are interested in.
 
The ‘case outcome’ column provides details of the outcome of the
complaint. A description of the most commonly used case outcomes we use is
available here
[3]https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/d...
and this may be helpful when interpreting the data.   

As we have done for the 2014/15, and 2015/16 financial years we intend to
publish equivalent datasets covering our completed casework for the
2016/17 financial year in the same way in due course. 

“How many Enforcement Notices were issued against MOD?”
 
Our response - We have contacted the relevant area of the business and
they have confirmed that there have been no enforcement notices issued to
the MOD. However, we did issue them with a Practice Recommendation in 2009
which is available online here:
 
[4]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...
 
It may be of interest to you to know that we publish details of our recent
enforcement action on our website here:
 
[5]https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/enf...
 
Earlier enforcement action is available on archived versions of our
website which are retained by The National Archives and can be viewed at
the following link:
 
[6]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

“How many cases were referred for High Court action?”
 
Our response - We have contacted the relevant area of the business and
they have confirmed that there have been no cases referred for High Court
action in relation to the MOD.
 
This concludes our response to your request. I hope the information
provided is helpful.

Next steps
 
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handler under the legislation. To make such an application, please visit
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or Environmental Information Regulations complaint online.
 
A copy of our review procedure is available here
[8]https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/p...
 
Yours sincerely
 
Joanne Wright
Lead Information Access Officer
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

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