I am inclined to agree with you here Trish, you cannot take away something that someone already knows and has especially as it relates to their own work.

Some great debate about this but still to be convinced one way or the other
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On 03/06/2011 08:25, Bailey, Trish wrote:
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Im sorry but I would have to disagree with you on this with regard to redacting info.  If you were to redact you are required to apply an exemption to cover the "withheld info".  My question is how can you possible apply an exemption to protect information that is already known to an applicant - does it not make the exemption null and void?


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From: This list is for those interested in Data Protection issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Paul Ticher
Sent: 02 June 2011 15:40
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Subject: Re: 3rd party data known to SAR applicant

I've noted the comments from others about (a) that the data is not actually 
about the Data Subject (plausible argument), and (b) that it's nonsensical 
to withhold data the Subject already knows (also plausible).  However, it 
occurs to me that (b) may not be nonsensical in every case.

Firstly, I can't see anything which says you *must* disclose data if the 
Data Subject already knows it.  That situation obviously makes it more 
likely to be disclosable, but doesn't require disclosure, unless I'm missing 
something.

Second, I would distinguish between information which is available to the 
Data Subject on the internal e-mail system, and data that they can take away 
with them on paper and, presumably, show to other people (who may be legally 
privileged, but may just be their mates).

Given that your Data Subject knows who the third party is, I would be 
inclined to redact the name, at least, because there is no detriment to the 
Data Subject in doing so but there is, at least, a warning that you consider 
the name of the third party deserving of protection.  They could, of course, 
immediately say to their mates "that name they've blanked out is X, Y" but 
that would be their choice, not your doing.

So I think there is a good case for redaction.

Paul Ticher
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ray Cooke" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 12:03 PM
Subject: 3rd party data known to SAR applicant


All,

I'd appreciate any thoughts from all you experienced folk out there on 
this
one.

Scenario is this.  Data subject (staff) makes subject access request.
Emails to and from the data subject deal with 3rd party disciplinary and
grievance issues sent to data subject in the course of work.  Some of the
stuff is sensitive data.  Question is - should the 3rd party data be
redacted out in responding to the SAR even though the data subject has 
seen
it and may even still have access to email copies?

I've taken the view that it is not appropriate or reasonable to leave this
type of 3rd party data unredacted in supplying copies under SAR even 
though
the data subject will have seen the material and indeed may have retained 
it
within a work context.

Is this the right approach to take in this particular circumstance?

Grateful for any views on this.

Ray Cooke

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