Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez issued Decision 03/2021 in regards to the Department of Immigration.
A spokesperson said, “On 19 March 2021, Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez issued Decision 03/2021, Department of Immigration. The Information Commissioner found the Department did not respond to the Applicant’s request for an internal review within the 6-week timeline prescribed by the PATI Act.
“But the Information Commissioner did not order the Department to take further steps, because the Department issued an internal review decision during the course of the Information Commissioner’s independent review.
“The Department explained that the Applicant’s internal review request was genuinely overlooked. The initial decision by the Department to the Applicant granted access to all records responsive to the PATI request. This case is a good example on how failure to decide investigations and decisions by the Information Commissioner may help public authorities to keep track of overlooked PATI requests.”
The full version of Decision 03/2021 follows below [PDF here]:
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