After 10 months of battling with the Independent Police Complaints Commission to reveal the ranks of all police officers issued with misconduct notices, for their part in the Rotherham child abuse scandal, the IPCC have finally relented. On the 13th April, they sent a final follow up response to a Freedom of Information Request made by this website.
Since June of 2016, this site has been making repeated requests for information to establish how far up the ranks of South Yorkshire Police the wilful disregard of child abuse had gone. The IPCC revealed the data piecemeal, then refused to disclose the ranks of two remaining officers. They argued that disclosing the data would lead to the officers being readily identified, thereby placing them ‘at risk’. I appealed against this decision to the ICO on the grounds that rank does not constitute personal data and that the IPCC had no right to assume the information was being requested simply to ‘out’ the officers involved.