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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50068239
  • Date: 27 July 2006
  • Public Authority: Denbighshire County Council
  • Summary: The complainant requested information relating to the unexpected retirement of the Corporate Director of Lifelong Learning at Denbighshire County Council ("DCC"). Although DCC released some information in response to this request, it withheld other information. DCC argued that the withheld information was personal data and that disclosure would breach the Data Protection Act. It specified FOIA Section 40 as the relevant exemption from its duty to disclose this information. The Commissioner’s decision is that the public authority was correct when it cited Section 40(2) as its basis for withholding the information that the complainants requested. However, the Commissioner finds that it failed to comply with Section 17(1)(b), Section 17(7)(a) and Section 17(7)(b) of the Act when it did not specify which exemption it sought to apply to the requested information and when it did not provide the complainants with information about its review procedure and about the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s office.
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