Sorry I misunderstood your question - I have not told the council that I intend to publish the correspondence yet. If they agree then all is well. What can I publish if they do not agree? Surely my right to free speech will cover the publishing of my letters, if I redact the names, as none of the material is confidential. Even the extraordinary events at a recent public planning committee meeting were reported in the local newspaper.
It may be helpful if I were to send a sample copy of a letter that is probably at the most sensitive in data protection terms. If you tell me an email address I will copy it to you.
The Council can object, but as long as the document is not confidential, as long as you redact the names that will be ok.
Sadly I can not give you my email address as all needs to be via this site.
But if you intend to redact ones that do not consent then you will have no issue
Does this help?
I have no problem redacting the names, but do I have to redact the titles also. Obviously most of the correspondence is with the Managing Director of the Council, so it is pretty pointless redacting his name because everyone knows who the MD is. Redacting his name actually draws attention to who the recipient is. I am happy for them to refuse to allow me to publish their correspondence to me because I will simply draw attention to their refusal and advise people to obtain copies through the Request For Information process. Does this make sense?
No titles can be there.
They can only refuse if it says not to be published or confidental.
Does that help?
Let me be absolutely clear on this - If I publish my letters to the Managing Director I must redact his name and title, unless of course he agrees differently. I assume that I can leave the name of the Council on the correspondence, but can I name the developer in the correspondence, or do I have to redact that also? - I am tempted to redact these anyway because it will add to the intrigue and begin to look like a Wikileaks disclosure! As I said previously, none of the correspondence is classified as confidential and not to be published.
Alex, many thanks for your guidance. I wanted to make sure that I did not unintentionally break the Data Protection legislation. It has been a long time since I have dealt with situations of this nature and I am a little rusty.