Meet the Man Who Filed 1,400 FOI Requests to Prove Data Acquisition Isn’t Terrorism
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Meet the Man Who Filed 1,400 FOI Requests to Prove Data Acquisition Isn’t Terrorism

GIJN |
August 16, 2018

For the last three years Gavin Chait has been fighting — and winning — multiple freedom of information (FOI) cases to unlock data on vacant properties in England and Wales. Here’s how he used a range of evidence to fight a widely misused exemption.


I don’t know how to break this to you, but you’re probably a terrorist.

According to Richard Woolford, the strategic director of Security and Counter Terrorism with the City of London Corporation, unoccupied properties — and especially unoccupied commercial properties — are attractive for those intent on committing terrorism.

Any knowledge about vacant properties is so dangerous that no information about them should be placed in the public domain.

Estate Agents Against Terrorism

This will come as tough news to terrorism enablers, especially real-estate agents, property developers, banks, insurers and Google Street View.

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