2019 – 42 – category a
Step 1: try to get some more detail from Security on the nature of this alleged ‘threat’. Once again, my expectations were confounded. Not only did Security reply to my application (often they don’t) but they told me this ‘threat’ was that I was going to make a complaint against some nurses. whilst it was still inaccurate, it had gone from a misleading’threat’, which was physical in nature, to a histrionic but still misleading allegation.
I met with a Security senior officer. They know me from the wing and after I told them what actually happened (more of that soon) they offered to amend their Cat A report. This was not enough for me – it was a malicious and fabricated IR – I wanted erased.
I still needed more information; I made a ‘subject access request’ (SAR) for my personal data. After yet more problems, intertwining with my DPA SAR from 2018, I finally got closer to the actual IR wording; this was still only a summary and not what I asked for – this may yet lead to further litigation under the DPA 2018. It was alleged (in angry upper-case):
“PRISONER MR GRAHAM COUTTS A4532AE WAS MAKING THREATS TOWARDS MYSELF AND OTHER NURSING STAFF THAT IF WE DIDN’T [sic] GIVE HIM A SICK NOTE HE WOULD REPORT US TO OUR MANAGER AND THE NURSING PROFESSIONAL BODY. HE HAS BEEN DENIED A SICK NOTE AS HE HAS NO REASON TO HAVE ONE BUT IS NOT HAPPY WITH THIS.”
Prior to getting this information, I had made a request, under s.47(1) (a) of the DPA 2018, to have this data erased from my file. Secirity, of course, think they are above the law and refused… twice; and, refused to give me the exact wording of the IR; and, AND, refused to remove this information from their Cat A report.
So here we go again… Security refusing to investigate the accuracy of information – despite being legally obligated to do so under legislation – and including it in my Cat A review.
The current position: I’ve gone above Security and raised the matter with the Data Protection department; they will know, and care, about the legal consequences of breaching the Data Prorection Act. I await their response…
Be happy, be safe and be kind.
Graham Coutts, 21st September