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Dear Greater Manchester 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

Greater Manchester Police

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your email. Before I can log this as a valid FOI request could you please confirm your full name. As per Section 8(1) of the FOI Act 2000 requestors are required to provide their full name to public authorities when making requests for recorded information.

Once you have confirmed your full name we will be able to log your request.

Kind regards,

Information Compliance and Records Management Unit
Information Services Branch - Business Operations
Greater Manchester Police
c/o Openshaw Complex, Lawton Street, Manchester M11 2NS

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Dear Greater Manchester Police,

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 faithfully,

StopWatch

Greater Manchester Police

Good Morning,

With regard to your FOI Request you submitted on 14/01/2020 can I please advise you that for any force who has received a request from an individual who hasn’t provided a full name, the request isn’t valid under s8(1)(b) Freedom of Information Act 2000.Please refer to the below:

To be valid under the FOIA, a request must fulfil the criteria set out in Section 8 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

Your request is on hold, if we don’t hear from you by 11/02/2020 your request will then be closed.

Kind Regards

Information Compliance and Records Management Unit 
Information Services Branch - Business Operations
Greater Manchester Police
c/o Openshaw Complex, Lawton Street, Manchester M11 2NS

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Dear Greater Manchester Police ("GMP"),

Thank you for your response.

Our correspondence of 14 January 2020 already complies with section 8(1)(b) of the FOIA. We have provided our full name and an address for correspondence. The request is valid.

We also refer you to the ICO’s guidance on section 8 FOIA, (https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio... ), in which paragraph 14 states:

“A requester can be an individual, a company or an organisation…”

Paragraph 35 of the ICO’s guidance states:

“If the request is from a company, then the authority should accept either its full registered name or a name that exists as a legal entity (such as a trading name) as valid.”

Paragraph 37 of the ICO’s guidance states:

“Again, companies’ names should generally be accepted at face value, but in any case where the authority has reason to verify the authenticity of the company, it should check Companies House or the Charity Commission Register to clarify whether it is a genuine organisation.”

Our previous correspondence contained sufficient details for the GMP to verify our identity as a charitable incorporated organisation. This is consistent with the ICO’s guidance cited above. The GMP has no grounds to delay processing our request.

Therefore, the GMP has 20 working days from 14 January 2020 (i.e. no later than 11 February 2020) to provide a substantive response to our request.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

StopWatch

Greater Manchester Police

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Please find attached our response to your FOI Request.

Kind regards

Pamela Hughes
Information Compliance and Records Management Unit 
Information Services Branch - Business Operations
Greater Manchester Police
c/o Openshaw Complex, Lawton Street, Manchester M11 2NS

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