Information relating to appointments to IPSA's Board

Request

All notes and emails relating to the assessment of the IPSA Board Members during their interviews for the IPSA positions.


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

In IPSA’s view, the information you have requested is exempt under section 40 (personal information) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as notes and emails relating to the assessment of IPSA Board members during interviews constitutes personal data.

Section 40(2) provides that personal data about third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOI Act disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), where it would be unfair to those persons or is confidential. For further information, please visit the following website: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/contents.

In some circumstances, anonymised information may be provided for this type of request.  However, we believe that anonymised information extracted from relevant emails and notes relating to the assessment of Board members would identify individuals and, therefore, be in breach of the DPA.

Ref:
FOI2012-A042
Disclosure:
June 17, 2012
Categories:
IPSA - BOARD
Exemptions Applied:
Section 40