Freedom of information response

Head of Information Governance

Publication date: 
Thursday 27 July 2023

We provide for care leavers looking to access their care records and would like to write to your Head of Information Governance/Person in charge of Data Protection.

Would you be able to provide me with their name and email address please?


The Strategic Lead for Information Governance is responsible for Data Protection in the council and can be contacted using the following email address

We cannot include a name as this is personal data.

Personal data of any other person (third party data) is exempt under section 40(2) if disclosure would breach of the data protection principles.  This aspect of Section 40 is an Absolute Exemption and is therefore not subject to the Public Interest Test. 

This means we have balanced the legitimate interests of the public in having access to the information (under FOI a disclosure is a publication to the world at large) against the interests of the individual under the first principle of the Data Protection Act.

The addresses requested are personal data specific to the occupiers.  It is therefore subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act.  Information can be withheld if its disclosure would be likely to breach one or more of the Principles of the Data Protection Act.  There is no prior expectation that their addresses would be published into the wider public domain under FOI.  A disclosure made under FOI constitutes a publication to the world at large.

You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own use, including non-commercial research purposes. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner.

Where the copyright is owned by Thurrock Council, you must apply to the Council to re-use the information. Please email if you wish to re-use the information you have been supplied. For information where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their permission.

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which the council have managed your FOI request you can pursue an Internal Review by contacting us using the above email address. An internal review must be submitted within 40 working days of your original reply. Your request will be considered by a senior member of the Information Management Team who will update you with the outcome of the review.

If you remain unhappy following the outcome of your Internal Review you may wish to refer your case to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and details of this organisation can be found at . Please be advised that the ICO will not consider your case until they have confirmation that you have already been through the Internal Review stage with the council.

Request reference:
FOI 13011