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Dear West Midlands Police,

I am aware that companies are selling technologies to law enforcement that allow them to take vast quantities of personal data from cloud-based apps and accounts. You can read more [https://privacyinternational.org/long-re....

I make the following request for documents/information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1. Do you use mobile phone extraction technology that includes cloud analytics / cloud extraction capabilities e.g. Cellebrite UFED Cloud Analyser, Magnet Axiom Cloud or Oxygen Forensics Cloud Extractor

2. Do you have other technologies that allow you to access cloud-based accounts and extract this data.

3. Please provide a copy of the relevant Data Protection Impact Assessment.

4. Please provide a copy of the relevant local and/or national guidance/standard operating procedure/policy.

5. Please confirm the legal basis you rely on to conduct cloud analytics/extraction.

Yours faithfully,

StopWatch

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Michelle Richardson | Freedom of Information
Corporate Communications | West Midlands Police
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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response.

We confirm that our full name is StopWatch. Our registered charity number is: 1161908.

Our address is:
StopWatch
2 Langley Lane
London
SW8 1GB

The information above satisfies our obligation under section 8(1)(b) FOIA 2000 to state our name and address for correspondence. Please proceed to log and process our request for information.

Yours sincerely,

StopWatch

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Dear Stopwatch

 

FOI Request Reference: 000628/20

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 13/01/2020

 

REQUEST

 

I am aware that companies are selling technologies to law enforcement that
allow them to take vast quantities of personal data from cloud-based apps
and accounts. You can read more
[https://privacyinternational.org/long-re....

 

I make the following request for documents/information under the Freedom
of Information Act:

 

1. Do you use mobile phone extraction technology that includes cloud
analytics / cloud extraction capabilities e.g. Cellebrite UFED Cloud
Analyser, Magnet Axiom Cloud or Oxygen Forensics Cloud Extractor?

 

2. Do you have other technologies that allow you to access cloud-based
accounts and extract this data?

 

3. Please provide a copy of the relevant Data Protection Impact
Assessment.

 

4. Please provide a copy of the relevant local and/or national
guidance/standard operating procedure/policy.

 

5. Please confirm the legal basis you rely on to conduct cloud
analytics/extraction.

RESPONSE

 

In response to your Freedom of Information I would like to point out the
following:

 

Under the provision of the Act an authority must process a request in
writing from a named applicant under the terms and conditions of the
legislation.  Whilst giving maximum support to individuals genuinely
seeking to exercise the right to know, the Commissioner’s general approach
will be sympathetic towards authorities where request can be characterised
as being part of a campaign.  Although the act is ‘applicant blind’ in
that the motives of the applicant cannot normally be taken into account,
this is not the case with regard to S14 and in determining this course of
action an authority is allowed to take into account any evidence that
comes into its possession regarding the subject matter requested or the
applicant themselves. The history of an applicant(s) can be taken into
account if there is a suspicion that they are using a pseudonym or that
they are ‘acting in concert’. In this case, we are aware that this
identical request has been submitted to forces by various applicants and
that applicants are acting in concert with each other and Privacy
International

 

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Therefore, with regard to this request we are issuing a Section 14(1)
Vexatious Refusal Notice.  Please be aware that any future requests asking
for the same information from the same organisation which is deemed as
part of a campaign, individuals who are acting in concert or using
different pseudonyms will attract this exemption.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
website.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

For further information and data on West Midlands Police see our
publication scheme and disclosure log

 

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RIGHT OF APPEAL

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

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Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of
the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Michelle Richardson | Freedom of Information
Corporate Communications | West Midlands Police
T: 101 (ext. 801 2068)

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