Request regarding Data sharing of Personal Data with the UK Home Office for Immigration Purposes.

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To whom it may concern, 

Freedom of Information Request regarding Data sharing of Personal Data with the UK Home Office for Immigration Purposes.

I am writing to request information (under the Freedom of Information Act 2000) regarding data sharing of personal data between your agency and the UK Home Office during the period of 25 May 2018 to the present.

More specifically, I would be interested in:

1. Whether your agency has entered any formal agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the UK Home Office governing the circumstances in which you would share personal data of individuals for immigration enforcement? If so, please provide a copy of the agreement or MOU.
2. Whether your agency has an internal policy or guidelines outlining the duties of your agency regarding data sharing with the UK Home Office, and the processes for responding to a request from the UK Home Office to share personal data that you hold. If so, please share the policy document or guidelines.
3. Has your agency ever shared personal data of individuals with the UK Home Office? If so, please indicate the number of incidents, and whether data sharing occurred with or without individual consent, divided if possible into calendar or fiscal years?
4. Has your agency ever shared personal data of individuals with the UK Home Office for immigration purposes? If so, please indicate the number of incidents, and whether data sharing occurred with or without individual consent, divided if possible into calendar or fiscal years?
5. Has the Home Office ever requested data on an individual or on an individual’s immigration status, or about your work with specific groups of individuals, for immigration enforcement purposes. from your agency? If so:

a. How many times has the Home Office requested this type of information?
b. Have you complied with the requests? If so, how many times? If not, could you state the reasons?
c. Do you have a policy document or guidelines outlining your legal duties and the relevant process for responding to such requests (if different from the one requested above, please provide a copy of this document)
d. Please share the document/file/email containing the request from the Home Office. If that is not possible, please state the type of information requested and any subsequent actions expected from your staff?

6. Have you discussed within the agency the possibility of a UK Home Office request for personal data of individuals for purposes of immigration enforcement, the duties of staff in sharing/providing data to such a UK Home Office request and/or complying with relevant requests? If so, please share the minutes, email correspondence, notes, documents or other relevant information linked to these discussions.

I would be interested in all relevant information held by your agency regarding my request, including, but not limited to, relevant minutes, notes and email correspondence between your organisation and the UK Home Office and/or between other relevant parties. I understand that it is the organisation’s responsibility to share relevant files or documents and provide relevant information. In case your organisation is not the appropriate recipient of this letter, could you please indicate the appropriate body?

If my request is denied in whole or in part, please justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions and please do release all non-exempt material.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to your response within 20 working days as outlined by the statute.

I would like the information to be emailed to me in electronic form. If preferable, you can use this email address: intern5[at]justrightscotland[dot]org[dot]uk.

Thank you for your help.

Kind Regards,
Sophia Simelitidou

East Dunbartonshire Council

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Dear Sophia,

FOI:14208: Data Sharing of Personal Data with the UK Home Office For
Immigration Purposes

Thank you for your request for information. In answer to your enquiry I can
provide the following response on behalf of East Dunbartonshire Council

1 Whether your agency has entered any formal agreements or memoranda of
understanding (MOU) with the UK Home Office governing the
circumstances in which you would share personal data of individuals
for immigration enforcement? If so, please provide a copy of the
agreement or MOU.

This question is not valid under FOI. FOI is for recorded
information, it does not allow the council to provide the views and
opinions of officers or create information to answer a question. Can
you rephrase your question?

2. Whether your agency has an internal policy or
guidelines outlining the duties of your agency regarding data sharing
with the UK Home
Office, and the processes for responding to a request from the UK
Home Office to share personal data that you hold. If so, please share
the policy
document or guidelines.

This question is not valid under FOI. FOI is for recorded
information, it does not allow the council to provide the views and
opinions of officers or create information to answer a question. Can
you rephrase your question?

3. Has your agency ever shared personal data of
individuals with the UK Home Office? If so, please indicate the
number of incidents, and
whether data sharing occurred with or without individual consent,
divided if possible into calendar or fiscal years?

This question is not valid under FOI. FOI is for recorded
information, it does not allow the council to provide the views and
opinions of officers or create information to answer a question. Can
you rephrase your question?

Under section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 I
can advise that the council has published information in respect of
participation in the Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme. It can
be found through a search on our committee document, using the
following link:
https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/council...

4. Has your agency ever shared personal data of
individuals with the UK Home Office for immigration purposes? If so,
please indicate the
number of incidents, and whether data sharing occurred with or without
individual consent, divided if possible into calendar or fiscal years?

This question is not valid under FOI. FOI is for recorded information,
it does not allow the council to provide the views and opinions of
officers or create information to answer a question. Can you rephrase
your question? However, I can advise we have not shared personal
information with the Home Office for Immigration purposes.

5. Has the Home Office ever requested data on an
individual or on an individual's immigration status, or about your work
with specific groups
of individuals, for immigration enforcement purposes. from your agency?
If so:

This question is not valid under FOI. FOI is for recorded information,
it does not allow the council to provide the views and opinions of
officers or create information to answer a question. Can you rephrase
your question? However, I can advise we have not shared personal
information with the Home Office for Immigration purposes.

a. How many times has the Home Office requested this type
of information?
N/A
b. Have you complied with the requests? If so, how many
times? If not, could you state the reasons?
N/A
c. Do you have a policy document or guidelines outlining
your legal duties and the relevant process for responding to such
requests (if
different from the one requested above, please provide a copy of this
document)
N/A

d. Please share the document/file/email containing the
request from the Home Office. If that is not possible, please state the
type of
information requested and any subsequent actions expected from your
staff?

N/A

6. Have you discussed within the agency the possibility of
a UK Home Office request for personal data of individuals for purposes
of
immigration enforcement, the duties of staff in sharing/providing data
to such a UK Home Office request and/or complying with relevant
requests? If
so, please share the minutes, email correspondence, notes, documents or
other relevant information linked to these discussions.

This question is not valid under FOI. FOI is for recorded information,
it does not allow the council to provide the views and opinions of
officers or create information to answer a question. Can you rephrase
your question?

I would be interested in all relevant information held by your agency
regarding my request, including, but not limited to, relevant minutes,
notes and email correspondence between your organisation and the UK Home
Office and/or between other relevant parties. I understand that it is
the organisation?s responsibility to share relevant files or documents
and provide relevant information. In case your organisation is not the
appropriate recipient of this letter, could you please indicate the
appropriate body?

Please find attached the agenda booklet for Council meeting 16th March
2017, which discussed East Dunbatonshire Commitment to the VPRS.

(See attached file: 170316%20EDC%20Minutes%20Booklet%201.pdf)

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From: Sophia <[FOI #758910 email]>
To: FOI requests at East Dunbartonshire Council
<[East Dunbartonshire Council request email]>
Date: 25/05/2021 17:15
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Request regarding Data sharing
of Personal Data with the UK Home Office for Immigration
Purposes.

To whom it may concern,

Freedom of Information Request regarding Data sharing of Personal Data with
the UK Home Office for Immigration Purposes.

I am writing to request information (under the Freedom of Information Act
2000) regarding data sharing of personal data between your agency and the
UK Home Office during the period of 25 May 2018 to the present.

More specifically, I would be interested in:

1. Whether your agency has entered any formal agreements or
memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the UK Home Office governing the
circumstances in which you would share personal data of individuals for
immigration enforcement? If so, please provide a copy of the agreement or
MOU.

2. Whether your agency has an internal policy or guidelines
outlining the duties of your agency regarding data sharing with the UK Home
Office, and the processes for responding to a request from the UK Home
Office to share personal data that you hold. If so, please share the policy
document or guidelines.

3. Has your agency ever shared personal data of individuals with
the UK Home Office? If so, please indicate the number of incidents, and
whether data sharing occurred with or without individual consent, divided
if possible into calendar or fiscal years?

4. Has your agency ever shared personal data of individuals with
the UK Home Office for immigration purposes? If so, please indicate the
number of incidents, and whether data sharing occurred with or without
individual consent, divided if possible into calendar or fiscal years?

5. Has the Home Office ever requested data on an individual or on
an individual?s immigration status, or about your work with specific groups
of individuals, for immigration enforcement purposes. from your agency? If
so:

a. How many times has the Home Office requested this type of
information?

b. Have you complied with the requests? If so, how many times? If
not, could you state the reasons?

c. Do you have a policy document or guidelines outlining your
legal duties and the relevant process for responding to such requests (if
different from the one requested above, please provide a copy of this
document)

d. Please share the document/file/email containing the request
from the Home Office. If that is not possible, please state the type of
information requested and any subsequent actions expected from your staff?

6. Have you discussed within the agency the possibility of a UK
Home Office request for personal data of individuals for purposes of
immigration enforcement, the duties of staff in sharing/providing data to
such a UK Home Office request and/or complying with relevant requests? If
so, please share the minutes, email correspondence, notes, documents or
other relevant information linked to these discussions.

I would be interested in all relevant information held by your agency
regarding my request, including, but not limited to, relevant minutes,
notes and email correspondence between your organisation and the UK Home
Office and/or between other relevant parties. I understand that it is the
organisation?s responsibility to share relevant files or documents and
provide relevant information. In case your organisation is not the
appropriate recipient of this letter, could you please indicate the
appropriate body?

If my request is denied in whole or in part, please justify all deletions
by reference to specific exemptions and please do release all non-exempt
material.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received
this request. I look forward to your response within 20 working days as
outlined by the statute.

I would like the information to be emailed to me in electronic form. If
preferable, you can use this email address: intern5[at]justrightscotland
[dot]org[dot]uk.

Thank you for your help.

Kind Regards,

Sophia Simelitidou

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