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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50069498
  • Date: 8 June 2006
  • Public Authority: Pembrokeshire County Council
  • Summary: The complainant requested copies of emails referred to in a report by the Commissioner for Local Administration in Wales. The council released the information but redacted the names of the senders and recipients who were employees of the authority, arguing that the names were not material to the request and exempt under section 40(2) of the Act (Personal Data). The Commissioner has viewed the information in question and decided that the names do fall within the scope of the request. He has concluded that while the names did constitute 'personal data' in accordance with section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 their release under FOI would not breach any of the data protection principles. The public authority had therefore applied the Act inappropriately in seeking to rely on the exemption.
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