Disclosure Details

Self-Generated Sexual Content - 653/12

Dated: 30 Jul 2015

Date of request:   15/08/2012

Date of response:   06/09/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 15 August 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

We would like to request under the Freedom of Information Act the following information from your force:

The number of recorded complaints and/or crimes of self-generated sexual content (see definition below) where the following is mentioned in the MO Notes, found via a freetext search on a) Facebook and b) Twitter, on any crime/incident recording system.

Incidents of self-generated sexual content include: a couple filming themselves engaging in a sexual act or full intercourse; the footage, without the consent of one of the participants being posted online on either or all of the following; Facebook, Twitter or another unknown website (including porn ones), threats of posting self-generated sexual content online, causing intentional harassment/alarm/distress.

We need this data over two timeframes:

b) 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011 
c) 1 January 2012 to 31 August 2012

We also need this data in age breakdown

a) under 16's 
b) 16- 26 
c) 26 above

We would like a copy of the information held on the MO.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Please note that under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 there is no obligation for the force to supply the information based on the requirements of the requestor.  When making a request for information, an applicant may express a preference for the way in which the information is received (ie electronic, hard copy etc), but not the actual format (ie spreadsheet/table).

You should also note that we can not provide information for a date in the future (you have asked for information up to 31 August 2012), we can only provide information that is held at the time a request is received.  Therefore as this request was received on the 15 August information will be searched for up to that date only.

In order to keep your request within the time limits of the Act this response is based on crimes where Facebook, Twitter, either Facebook or Twitter or a website (porn or otherwise) is mentioned within the MO.  The definition as provided by you was used to define those crimes relevant for this FOI.  The time period searched was from January 2010 to 15 August 2012.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.   There have been no such instances relevant to your request.

Additionally, Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to your request by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information relating to the Security bodies

Section 23 is an absolute class-based exemption and therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us underour complaints procedure which can be found at:http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act. 


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