Police, poems and FOI

In which I am inspired into literary expression by a rather bizarre ICO decision notice saying that a poem sent by a senior police officer on his mobile device is exempt from disclosure under the “personal data” provisions of the Freedom of Information Act

Mr Plod once sent friends a rhyme
Which was rumoured to be out of line
When a request was lodged
To see what it was
His bosses politely declined

Chris Graham agreed with the force
Saying “It’s personal data because
He’s easy to spot
From the words that we’ve got:
It’s exempt from disclosure, of course!”

A Tribunal may have to decide later
– As the statutory arbitrator –
If it’s rather perverse
To suggest that a verse
Can possibly be personal data.

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One response to “Police, poems and FOI

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