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Vehicle Owner Details - 913/20

Date Responded 24 June 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Hello, my name is xxxxx xxxxx, i'm living in xxxxx, xxxxx and i see very often a car that has uk number plates and from google verification it seems that is from your city. The number plate is xxxxxxx and what i would like to know the name of the owner because i'm not sure it's the person who drives it, if that information is available.

In Response:

This information will not be disclosed as the below exemption has been applied as relevant to withhold.

Section 40(2) Personal Information:

This is an absolute exemption and therefore a Public Interest Test is not relevant. However, for clarity, I will explain my rationale for engaging this exemption.

Section 40(2) provides that information is exempt if it is the personal data of someone other than the applicant and disclosure would breach any of the data protection principles. The term ‘personal data’ means data that relates to a living individual who can be identified. This may take an obvious form of ‘personal’ such as a name but can also include information from which a person can be identified.

A disclosure in this instance, because it is so specific, would infringe the first Data Protection Principle, in that it would be both unlawful and unfair to the individual concerned.

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