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Freedom of Information and Health and Safety

This blog is aimed at shaming those who ignore health and safety and those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act out of laziness, corruption or to cover up incompetence.

Not only do we have ambiguity on VEXATIOUS, we now have similar rubbish on DECISION definition

Information Commissioner Posted on Sun, October 06, 2019 15:13:52

Deplorable actions by Chester West and Chester Council

Robert Pickthall RIP Posted on Sat, October 05, 2019 07:25:30

The following letter is from the ICO and 4 days later the Chester West and Chester Council initiated custodial sentence action against Rob Pickthall.

Subject: Data Protection Complaint – Cheshire West and Chester (SAR 11.3.19)[Ref. RFA0841076]

11 July 2019

Case Reference Number RFA0841076

Dear Mr Pickthall,
Thank you for your complaint against Cheshire West and Chester Council. This case has been given the following reference number RFA0841076.
Your complaint states that the Council have failed to respond to you subject access request of 11 March 2019.
The ICO’s role 

Part of our role is to consider complaints from individuals who believe there has been an infringement of their data protection rights.
The law says we must investigate data protection complaints to an appropriate extent. We will put most of our effort into dealing with matters we think give us the best opportunity to make a significant difference to an organisation’s information rights practices.
Depending on the circumstances, we will decide whether or not to take action against the organisation and what form our action will take. We do this by taking an overview of all concerns that are raised about that organisation with a view to improving their compliance with the data protection framework. Our decision will not affect your ability to enforce your rights through the courts.
Our View
We have considered the information available in relation to this complaint and we are of the view that the Council has not complied with their Data Protection obligations in this instance.
As such, we have now asked the Council to respond to you directly as a matter of priority.
Further Action
We do not consider that any further action from the ICO is necessary at this time and we do not intend to pursue this complaint any further. However, please be advised that we keep a record of all the complaints raised with us about the way organisations process personal information. The information we gather from complaints may form the basis for action in the future where appropriate.
Right to judicial remedy and compensation [GDPR Articles 79 & 82]
Individuals have the right to take proceedings to court if they believe their information rights have been infringed. This means that if a court is satisfied that the individual’s rights have been infringed it may order the controller or processor in question to take steps to comply with its Data protection obligations. Individuals who have suffered material or non-material damage (such as distress) as a result of an infringement may also be able to receive compensation from the controller or processor.
Please be advised that this is not a process with which the Information Commissioner’s Office is able to assist and we recommend that you seek independent legal advice if you wish to pursue this course of action.
Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
Yours sincerely,
Amy Higginson
Lead Case Officer

The ICO add shackles to Vexatious Dransfield

Vexatious Posted on Wed, October 02, 2019 21:17:43

Supreme Court Dransfield decision

Vexatious Posted on Sat, September 28, 2019 18:08:39

Robert Pickthall cremated 13/9/19 in secret.

Robert Pickthall RIP Posted on Wed, September 18, 2019 07:23:31

Robert Pickthall was cremated  last Fri 13th September 2019. Several members of the general public and friends of Mr Pickthall have been denied saying their final farewells and he was given a secret funeral.  Robert Pickthall wished not to be cremated.

FOIA request of Elizabeth Denham. Will she bother to respond?

Information Commissioner Posted on Sun, September 15, 2019 15:50:59

Sun 15/09/2019 10:16

Information Commissioner 

elizabeth.denham;; Richard Bailey; Richard Bailey

Dear Madam

Under protection of the FOIA 2018 please provide me with the following information  ref the subject title:

1. Total  government funding for DATA Protection. 

2. Funds spent on GDPR  specific case  between May18 and May  2019.

3. At this juncture the ICO have not taken a single complaint and used their enforcement powers to assist any DATA Complainant. Why is this?

4. How many ICO officials are working directly on GDRP cases?

I fully understand that I do not need to provide you with my motive  for this or any FOI request. However, in the interest of clarity and probity the ICO are not assisting the general public whose data rights are being infringed other than advise the complaint to seek a Judicial Review.  Why should Joe Public be cost impacted of a Judicial Review when the ICO are the oversight Authority of the GDPR 2018?

The ICO are not backward coming forward to issue fine on the Huge PLC like Facebook and Virgin etc,  but the ICO do not appear to be remotely interested in the average Joe Blogs who data rights have been infringed by a public authority.

with thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield 

FOI Campaigner and Social Watchdog

FOI request re Robert Pickthall.

Robert Pickthall RIP Posted on Sun, September 15, 2019 09:01:24

Cheshire West Chester Council


Dear Sirs

Under the protection of the FOIA 2000 please provide me with PDF copies  of the following :

1. Internal Audit reports on Robert Pickthall’s emails and letters to the CWCC  between  2011 and 2014.

2. Please provide me with a copy of the invoices from Adam Speker or the 5RB for legal services  on the Robert Pickthall’s case between 2015 to Aug 2019. Invoices to include  accommadation, food, travel, beverages, personal assistants etc.

Under normal circumstances I would expect to find such information on your website,  but I cannot locate this data, hence my FOIA request.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Comments from Andrew Love, 5RB.

Robert Pickthall RIP Posted on Sun, September 15, 2019 08:53:16

On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 11:44 AM Andrew Love <> wrote:;

Dear Mr Dransfield,

As you have requested, I have shown your email of 30th August complaining about Adam Speker to one of our Joint Heads of Chambers, Desmond Browne QC.

Before his sad death, Mr Pickthall had made numerous complaints about Mr Speker, which were considered by Mr Browne. In order to understand the background to the complaints, Mr Browne read carefully the judgments over the years of Mr Justice Edis, Mr Justice Holroyde and Mr Justice Soole. As we previously indicated to Mr Pickthall on more than one occasion, we considered his contentions to be misconceived in both fact and law.

In these circumstances, I am afraid that we will not be entering into any further correspondence about this matter.

Yours faithfully,

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