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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50173186
  • Date: 20 January 2009
  • Public Authority: UK Borders Agency
  • Summary: The complainant requested information from the Border and Immigration Agency of the Home Office (the “public authority”) about the Work Permit application of another individual. The public authority responded in accordance with the provisions of section 1(1)(a) (it confirmed or denied it held the information requested). The complainant asked for an internal review into the public authority’s response to three parts of his initial request. The public authority maintained its previous position. After considering the case, the Commissioner finds that the public authority was excluded from its duty to respond to the request under section 1(1)(a) by virtue of the provisions of section 40(5)(b)(i) (exclusion from the duty to confirm or deny a public authority holds third party personal information) because in responding to the request, it would have to disclose, information which, if held would constitute the personal data of the third party and would breach a data protection principle. The Commissioner does not require the public authority to take any steps in relation to the complainant’s request.
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