Disclosure Details

Internet - 830/13

Dated: 17 Sep 2014

Date of request:    29/10/13

Date of response:  12/11/13

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 19 October 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpo2e of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

Please can I request the following under the Freedom of Information Act:
1) The browsing history on police computers from midnight on the 17th August to midnight on the 19th August 2013. This includes a list of all websites visited during this period.
1) The browsing history on police computers from midnight on the 11th October to midnight on the 13th October 2013. This includes a list of all websites visited during this period.
2) The browsing history on police computers from midnight on the 18th October to midnight on the 20th October 2013. This includes a list of all websites visited during this period.
3)  The browsing history on police computers from midnight on the 25th October to midnight on the 28th October 2013. This includes a list of all websites visited during this period.
4) Since October 1st 2012, the number of police employees disciplined for misuse of internet. Please detail the nature of this misuse and the punishment.


In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the IC&T Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however can not be disclosed for the following reason. The information you requested, particularly at points 1 to 3  is not held in a format that allows retreival within the prescribed time limits of the Act.  Whilst it is  theoretically possible to run a report to extract this information, these reports would need to be run on an individual basis ie 6000 workstations and / or 4000 users,  and the websites extracted from each report.  Even at a conservative estimate of 40 minutes per report, which we have considered as reasonable,  we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 2660 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.

As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request.  However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be question 4 only  

If that would be useful you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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