CHAPTER 9: WHEN SHOULD PERSONAL DATA BE RELEASED?
There are two situations in which information about individuals may be included in material released under freedom of information:
• Where the information does not qualify as personal data because the person(s) is not identifiable or their identity is entirely incidental.
• Where the information is personal data – because it is about the individual(s) in some way – but where there is no breach of the data protection principles in disclosing it and the public interest in disclosure outweighs any individual interest in non-disclosure.
Category (e) (unstructured manual data) is exempt from most of the data protection principles apart from principle 4 (the requirement for accuracy) and those parts ...