Policy on Involving Children in Sexual Conversations

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

1. What is the BBC's policy on involving children in sexual conversation?

2. If the answer to question one shows that the BBC are against it, why did the episode of Not Going Out broadcast on Friday 3rd February involve children in conversations about sex and prostitutes?

"Bart Joseph"
Yours faithfully,

Common Law Jurisdiction

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Joseph

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 4thFebr
2017. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20170257

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Sir/Madam,

                                                     

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20170257.

 

Yours sincerely

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

Room BC2 A4

Broadcast Centre

White City

London

W12 7TS

UK

 

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Common Law Jurisdiction

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Policy on Involving Children in Sexual Conversations'.

You have 24 hours to accept this request or it will be going to the ICO. The FOI act doesn't give you any power to classify valid names as pseudonyms.

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

Yours faithfully,

Common Law Jurisdiction

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Sirs

We have received your request for an internal review 14th February 2017

We will deal with the review as promptly as possible and will endeavour to do so within 20 working days in accordance with the Information Commissioner’s guidance, although in some instances reviews may take longer. If you have any queries, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your internal review is IR2017016.

Yours sincerely

The Information Policy and Compliance Team

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Sent to ICO:
Hello ICO

I am writing to you to report the BBC for refusing to accept my FOI requests. First they didn't like me signing them as Common Law Jurisdiction (which you can actually be called, but we won't go in to that). They have now however, beyond argument breached the act and I will explain why.

The BBC said this (amongst other stuff) to me:
" Under section 8(1)(b) of the Act, public authorities are not obliged to comply with a request for
information if the request does not provide the valid name of the requester. We believe that “Bart
Joseph” may be a pseudonym.

You may wish to look at the guidance regarding section 8 of the Act published by the Information
Commissioners Office at the following link: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-
organisations/documents/1164/recognising-a-request-made-under-the-foia.pdf
"

I now quote section 8 (parts 1 and 2) of the act:
"8.

(1) In this Act any reference to a “request for information”
is a reference to such a request which

(a) is
in writing,
(b) states the name of the applicant and an address for
correspondence, and
(c) describes the information requested.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(a), a request is to be
treated as made in writing where the text of the request

(a) is
transmitted by electronic means,
(b) is received in legible form, and
(c) is capable of being used for subsequent reference
"

Note that 1b simply asks that the name of the applicant be stated and an address. Bart Joseph fulfills the name and the act also elaborates on "address" and says:
"107.
With respect to the address for correspondence, we consider the @whatdotheyknow.com email address provided to authorities when requests are made through the site to be a valid contact address for the purposes of Section 8(1)(b)."

I sent the requests via What do they Know so the BBC have no grounds to quote Section 8(1)(b) as a valid reason to reject any of my requests.

I feel I have proven my point and that the BBC should now answer these requests, but I want to elaborate further on this.

The act says this:
"
Pseudonyms
28.
If the requester has used a pseudonym then their request will be invalid.
29.
In some cases it will be immediately obvious that a pseudonym is being used, for example where the request has been signed in the name of a famous fictional character, such as ‘Mickey Mouse’, an inanimate object, like ‘Mirrorball’, or by location, for instance as ‘disgruntled of Stockport’. Pun names such as Sue D Nym may also fall into this category.
30.
However, if the name provided is not an obvious pseudonym and the public authority has no reason to believe that a pseudonym is being used, the authority should just accept the name provided at face value.
31.
Whilst this may mean that some pseudonymous requests will slip through the net, we would not want to see a situation where authorities routinely carry out checks on requesters’ identities. The Act provides a public right to information, not a right limited to certain individuals."

As point 30 says the BBC should accept the name Bart Joseph at face value as there is no reason for them to say it is a pseudonym. I am not sure what the BBC actually want here. Perhaps they want me to make up false names until I eventually find one that they are happy to accept?

I have 9 outstanding requests in with the BBC:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

I can see how me ending my latest one with calling them fake news may have annoyed them and I perhaps should have been politer. Having said that I will not apologise to the BBC for saying that as I would assert strongly that they are most definitely fake news. I won't go in to a dissertation on that here as it isn't the purpose of the email, but if you could tell the BBC to get their act together it would be much appreciated.

Bart Joseph

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Sir or Madam,

 

Please find attached the BBC’s internal review decision.  This internal
review decision concerns your following freedom of information requests to
the BBC: RFI20170032; RFI20170033; RFI20170040; RFI20170128; RFI20170137;
RFI20170296; RFI20170257; RFI20170210; RFI20170336; and RFI20170320. 

 

Kind regards,

 

BBC Information Rights

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2][BBC request email]

 

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