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Sharing information with the police

Disclosure date: 30 April 2014

Reference: FOI2014/053

Request

For all of these requests I am asking for information from the last 3 years of your records.

1. How many students details have you passed on to the police.

a) In how many, if any, of these cases has the University required a court order before releasing the detail?

2. What is the usual procedure regarding the passing of information regarding students to the police, including what information is required from the police before students details are passed on. Please include any policies, guidance documents or similar information relating to this request.

3. Please provide a breakdown of the type of offence which subjects have been suspected of and the number in each category, which has led to their details being released.

Response

1. Based on the records of the Registry and the Information Compliance Manager (the two areas that would normally process requests from the police for student data), over the last three years SOAS has passed the details of three students to the police on request.

a) A court order was not required in any of these cases as disclosure was permitted under section 29 of the Data Protection Act (DPA): circumstances where personal data is necessary for the prevention or detection of crime, or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.

2. Please see http://www.soas.ac.uk/infocomp/dpa/police/

All requests for personal data from the police, apart from emergency requests, are required to be on a section 29 form.

The section 29 form will specify the individual whose personal data is being requested and the precise data required. It should also state why the information is being sought/what police enquiries the information will assist with. This form needs to be signed by a police officer and countersigned by a senior officer.

3. 
Breach of bail terms (1)
Theft (1)
Handling of stolen property (1)