Project Lantern reports

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Dear National Policing Improvement Agency,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The NPIA web site describes how from around 2006 to 2010 NPIA ran a pilot project called "Lantern" which "... allows officers to establish a person's identity using two of their fingerprints, away from the police station ...":

http://www.npia.police.uk/en/15405.htm

Please send me the following documents relating to Project Lantern:

1. The final report on the project.

2. "Lantern Technical Options Paper – evaluation of fingerprint sensor technologies" by Ambika Suman.

3. "Lantern performance and scalability report", (CCN014R2-20.2-1.0 dated 17 July 2007).

4. Any later revision of (3) above provided to NPIA in response to recommendation 4 in "Lantern Project – The Way Forward" (IDT004-0101-project way forward - project board recommendations 080403 v0-1).

5. "LANTERN Service Expansion Test Summary Report" (Document ID 4 in section 4.2 of "Contract Change Note 050 IDENT1-LANTERN Service Expansion").

6. Any data held by NPIA on the Fingerprint False Match Rate (FMR) and False Non-Match Rate (FNMR) achieved in the field during the LANTERN trial.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Watson

NPIA FOI Team,

Dear Mr Watson,

Thank you for your recent request for information, about Project Lantern reports, dated 25th July 2011. Your request was received on 25th July 2011 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We have logged your request which is receiving our attention. Your request reference number is FOI 128/11.

Please quote this reference number in any further correspondence or call relating to this enquiry.

Further information about the NPIA is routinely published on our website at www.npia.police.uk or through our publication scheme. If you require any further assistance in connection with this request please contact us at our address above.

Torie Smith
Knowledge and Information Management Services Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency

9th Floor (East) New King's Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9QY
Email: [NPIA request email]
Website: www.npia.police.uk

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Dear Mr Watson,

Please find attached the NPIA's response to your request.

Regards,

Torie Smith

Knowledge and Information Management Services Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency
9th Floor (East) New King's Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9QY
Email: [NPIA request email]
Website: www.npia.police.uk

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Dear Ms Smith,

Thanks for your email of 23rd August regarding my FOI request for Project Lantern reports (your ref: FOI 128/11). You wrote:

"However, within the cost limit we would be able to provide a response to questions 1 -5 and, if you were able to refine the parameter of your final question, for example, by type of document or specific type of data sought, we may also be able to provide a response.

Please immediately send me the documents I requested in items 1-5 of my request.

For item 6, I would like to refine the request as:

"Any report held by NPIA resulting from an evaluation of the Fingerprint False Match Rate (FMR) and False Non-Match Rate (FNMR) achieved in the field during the LANTERN trial."

If no such reports are held, then please explicitly state this.

I trust that restricting this request to only relevant reports, rather than any data held, will greatly reduce the scope of the search you would need to undertake.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Watson

NPIA FOI Team,

Dear Mr Watson,

Thank you for your recent request for information, about Project Lantern, dated 27th August 2011. Your request was received on 30th August 2011 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We have logged your request which is receiving our attention. Your request reference number is FOI 154/11.

Please quote this reference number in any further correspondence or call relating to this enquiry.

Further information about the NPIA is routinely published on our website at www.npia.police.uk or through our publication scheme. If you require any further assistance in connection with this request please contact us at our address above.

Torie Smith
Knowledge and Information Management Services Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency

9th Floor (East) New King's Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9QY
Email: [NPIA request email]
Website: www.npia.police.uk

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NPIA FOI Team,

Dear Mr Watson,

Apologies, your reference number for this request is FOI 155/11, rather than either FOI 154/11 or 158/11.

Regards,

Torie Smith

Torie Smith
Knowledge and Information Management Services Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency
9th Floor (East) New King's Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9QY
Email: [NPIA request email]
Website: www.npia.police.uk

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    NRSB99 0111 110913 Technical Options for Sensor Evaluations Project Board FOI 155 11.pdf

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    NRSB99 0111 110913 IDT004 0010 Lantern accuracy analysis report FOI 155 111.pdf

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    NRSB99 0111 110913 IDT004 0101 Lantern Performance and Scaleability Report FOI 155 11.pdf

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    NRSB99 0111 110913 Project Way Forward Project Board recommendations FOI 155 11.pdf

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    NRSB99 0111 110920 FinalResponse FOI 155 11.pdf

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Dear Mr Watson,

Please find attached the NPIA's response to your request.

Regards,

Torie Smith

Knowledge and Information Management Services Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency
9th Floor (East) New King's Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9QY
Email: [NPIA request email]
Website: www.npia.police.uk

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Your Reference: FOI 155/11

Dear National Policing Improvement Agency,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of National Policing Improvement Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Project Lantern reports'.

You have redacted significant amounts of text from the documents you have sent me in response to this FOI request. You not justified this other than to say that "... information we would consider exempt if considered under the Act has been redacted from these documents".

According to the Freedom of Information Act:

"17.—(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is to any extent relying 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 that fact,

(b) specifies the exemption in question, and

(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies."

However, in making these redactions, you have not stated which exemptions you believe apply, nor the reasons why you believe they apply, contrary to the requirements of FOIA 17(1) (b) and (c).

Please review your handling of this response, and either let me have your putative justification for each redaction or (preferably) supply me with the un-redacted versions of the documents in question.

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

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Watson

NPIA FOI Team,

Dear Mr Watson,

As you can see from our response your request was refused on the grounds that it would be too costly to provide the information, under s12 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. This applies to the request as a whole and not just to specific parts of the request.

However, the NPIA felt that the most of the information requested, fell into the information already gathered, and as you had already refined your request, have released the majority of this information to you. Also as stated in the response, this information was provided to you outside of the FOIA 2000.

The information supplied is not subject to any part of the FOIA 2000, which includes the requirement to conduct an Internal Review. However, the information removed from the documents provided was of personal, security and commercial information.

Personal Information – personal details of junior NPIA staff removed.

Security Information – Secure locations of the servers and system capability

Commercial Information – Supplier accuracy and response data which may put the supplier at a disadvantage in a competitive market.

Regards

Andy Woodgate
Knowledge and Information Management Advisor
National Policing Improvement Agency

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8358 5587
Web www.npia.police.uk

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Andrew Watson left an annotation ()

Appeal against the redactions now lodged with the ICO.

Andrew Watson left an annotation ()

The ICO's case reference is FS50421702.

Andrew Watson left an annotation ()

The ICO has now issued a decision notice, dated 2nd May 2012, which should soon be available via their web site: http://www.ico.gov.uk/tools_and_resource...

The notice says (in part): "The information Commissioner's decision is that NPIA incorrectly relied on section 12(1) and failed to issue a refusal notice in accordance with section 17(1) of FOIA. The Commissioner requires the public authority to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation: disclose the requested information or issue a valid refusal notice citing a valid exemption. The authority must take these steps within 35 calendar days of the date of this decision notice."

(Hence that deadline expires on 6th June).

Andrew Watson left an annotation ()

ICO decision notice now available: http://www.ico.gov.uk/~/media/documents/...

Smith Torie,

Dear Mr Watson,
After reviewing the Decision Notice and your complaint to the ICO, could you please confirm if your request for 'any data/reports' in question 6 can be confined to the information you have already received?
If so, we can take another view on disclosure of the redacted content.
Regards,

Victoria Smith
Knowledge and Information Management Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency
1 Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Email: [NPIA request email]
Web www.npia.police.uk

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Dear Ms Smith,

Thanks for your note. You wrote:

> After reviewing the Decision Notice and your
> complaint to the ICO, could you please confirm if
> your request for 'any data/reports' in question 6
> can be confined to the information you have already
> received?
>
> If so, we can take another view on disclosure of the
> redacted content.

It would not be appropriate for me to respond to this question before you have complied with the ICO's Decision Notice.

I look forward to hearing from you on that.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Watson

NPIA FOI Team,

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Dear Mr Watson ,

Please find attached the NPIAs reponse to the ICO decision notice FS50421702.

<<120606 Response FOI 155_11.pdf>>

Regards,

Victoria Smith
Knowledge and Information Management Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency
1 Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Email: [NPIA request email]
Web www.npia.police.uk

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Dear Mr Flintham,

Thanks for your email of 6th June regarding my FOI request "Project Lantern reports" (your reference: FOI 155/11).

You list reports that you feel you could send me within the FOI cost limit. From this list, please supply me with this single report:

Lantern Accuracy Analysis Engineering Report CCN014R2-020.1-1.0; dated 30 November 2006

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely,

Andrew Watson

NPIA FOI Team,

Dear Mr Watson,

Thank you for your recent request for the Lantern Accuracy Analysis Engineering Report CCN014R2-020.1-1.0, dated 13th June 2012. Your request was received on 13th June 2012 and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We have logged your request which is receiving our attention. Your request reference number is FOI 293/12.

Please quote this reference number in any further correspondence or call relating to this enquiry.

Further information about the NPIA is routinely published on our website at www.npia.police.uk or through our publication scheme. If you require any further assistance in connection with this request please contact us at our address below.

Victoria Smith
Knowledge and Information Management Assistant National Policing Improvement Agency
1 Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Email: [NPIA request email]
Web www.npia.police.uk

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NPIA FOI Team, National Policing Improvement Agency

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Dear Mr Watson,

Please find attached the NPIAs reponse to your request.

Regards,

Victoria Smith

Knowledge and Information Management Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency
1 Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Email: [NPIA request email]
Web www.npia.police.uk

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Any opinions expressed in this email are those of the individual and not necessarily those of NPIA.
It is intended only for the person(s) to whom it is addressed and may contain privileged information.
Accordingly, the copying, dissemination or distribution of this message to any other person may constitute a breach of Civil or Criminal Law.
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