Email sent - 13/04/2017 11:53
Information Commissioner's Office
Attn Elizabeth Denham
I draw your attention to the following two(2) decision notices, which are unlawful.
The first case is a complaint brought against the Information Commissioner's Office, in which the ICO has investigated against themselves. This is not acceptable because the ICO lose their independence and it is a gross conflict of interest. Any fair-minded person would agree that this is not conducive to transparency and accountability.
I am not aware how many times this has happened, but I would suggest you check your files and initiate a forensic inquiry into ICO v ICO Decsion Notices. For sure, there are at least 1/2 Dransfield v ICO decision notices. Being able to self-examine and self -investigate beggars belie,f but nothing surprises me anymore with the ICO. They appear to be above the law. This may well be happening because of fiduciary failure in the chain of command right through to the Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, who is more than guilty of wilfull blindness.
The second case is related to the Cabinet Office in which they have used the section 14/1 vexatious exemption. This decision is unlawful because you have failed to cite the Court Precedent/Authority to the complainant. We must assume you were relying upon the Dransfield vexatious hogwash Decision GIA 3037/2011, but you failed to include it in your Decision Notice; hence, that DN is unlawful.
As you are aware, all my correspondence to the ICO is being thrown straight into the bin or at least not acknowledged.
It strikes me your Case Management Team need further training into the FOIA 2000.
It is also very apparent that the ICO is not double-checking their Decision Notices before publication. The fact the ICO does not operate an ISO 9000 QA-QC is serious, which would explain the root cause of such cock-ups.
I will take this opportunity to report your Northern Ireland Representative Ken Macdonald who has failed to respond to my FOIA requests against the HSE in Northern Ireland. At best, the ICO both HQ and NI are treating me in a shabbily cavalier manner, and at worst they are circumventing the FOIA 2000, section 77 in particular, with an aim to pervert the course of Justice. I suggest the latter.
I do believe the time has come for a forensic investigation into the conduct of the ICO Management
Alan M Dransfield
FOIA Campaigner & Social Watchdog.