Global DRO searches from April 8-10 2013

Michael made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

The request was partially successful.

From: Michael

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Dear Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority,
I am making a request under the FOI Act for a copy of all search results within Global DRO (Or it’s equivalent at the time) between April 8-10 2013.

Yours faithfully,
Michael

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Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Dear Michael,

 

Our reference ASADA FOI 19-2.

 

We refer to your recent request for access to documents under the Freedom
of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), received by ASADA on 2 January 2019.

 

We understand your request to be for:

 

              a copy of all search results within Global DRO (Or its
equivalent at the time) between April 8-10 2013.

 

For clarity we note that ASADA did not use Global DRO during the timeframe
sought by your request. The equivalent program used at the time was known
as 'Check Your Substances'. As such your request for access is understood
to be in relation to that database.

 

If you believe that the scope of your request has not been interpreted
correctly, please advise ASADA as soon as possible on the contact details
listed at the conclusion of this email.

 

Your request was received on Wednesday 2 January 2019, and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request commences from the day after
that date. You should therefore expect a decision from ASADA by Friday 1
February 2019.  The period of 30 days may be extended if we need to
consult third parties, or for other reasons. We will advise you if this
happens.

 

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log subject to certain exceptions. (For
example, personal information will not be published where this would be
unreasonable).

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ASADA at
[1][email address] .

 

ASADA FOI

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

                        

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From: Michael

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Dear FOI,

I am writing to request that you allow me to make a slight amendment to my original request.
In my original request I had the date range as April 8-10 2013.

I am requesting that you please process my request for results from the date range 31/03/2013 - 10/04/2013 instead.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that this will not necessitate having to raise a new FOI request instead.

As the search results are held in a database and do not contain any personal information I am hopeful that this change to the date parameters should be an easy request to accommodate.

Yours sincerely,

Michael

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From: ASADA Legal
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Dear Michael

Thank you for your email below amending your original request.

We understand your request to now be for results from the date range 31/03/2013 - 10/04/2013.

As mentioned below and for clarity we note that ASADA did not use Global DRO during the timeframe sought by your request and your amended request. The equivalent program used at the time was known as 'Check Your Substances'. As such your request for access is understood to be in relation to that database.

We agree that you do not have to make a new FOI request as the amendment can be accommodated without a substantial increase in the way of additional resources.

However, with the above in mind, would you be amenable to a short extension of time of 7 days to process and finalise your request as the amended scope will require some rework on our part? This would make the final date for a decision to be provided to you Friday 8 February 2019.

Kind regards

Susan

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From: Michael

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Dear Susan,

Thank you for accommodating my request for a change in date range. The additional seven day extension is not a problem.

Yours sincerely,

Michael

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Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority


Attachment LTR FOI 19 2 Decision 8 February 2019.pdf
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Dear Michael,

Please see the attached correspondence in relation to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth).

Kind regards

ASADA FOI
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
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From: Michael

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Dear ASADA Legal,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's handling of my FOI request 'Global DRO searches from April 8-10 2013'.

While I appreciate the importance for ASADA to not only conduct investigations, but to also have the trust and confidence of athletes, I do not believe that the reasonable expectations formed to justify the use of section 47E(d) to refuse access to this document have been correctly founded.

The refused document (Document 1) is a log of search results of the “Check Your Substances” database, now known as GlobalDRO, for the period March 31 2013 - April 10 2013.
- The act of searching the database to check if a substance is permitted or prohibited in sport does not act as an admission of the use, or intended use, of the substance searched for.
- The search function is anonymous and there are no identifying details contained in the log which can trace back a search to a specific user.
- The homepage of the GlobalDRO Australian website already identifies the substances which make up the “Top 5 Searches” of the database. The results contain both prohibited and permitted substances. The publication of this top 5 list suggests that the release of search results would not be detrimental to ASADA’s functions nor that it would impact on the willingness of athlete’s to use the database with candour.
- There is a precedent for the release of this information. Pages 21-77 of FOI release # 001/2015 ( https://www.asada.gov.au/foi-disclosure-... ) contain 2,143 search results for specific search terms from the Check Your Substances/GlobalDRO database for the period June 2011 - September 2013.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/g...

Yours sincerely,

Michael

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From: FOI
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Dear Michael,

 

Thank you for your below correspondence. I confirm that ASADA has received
your request for internal review of the decision dated 8 February 2019.

 

As per the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, a decision
on the internal review will be provided to you by Friday 15 March 2019.

 

Kind regards,

 

ASADA FOI

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

 

E  [1][email address]

W  [2]www.asada.gov.au

 

PO Box 1744, Fyshwick, ACT, 2609

 

ASADA Hotline 13 000 ASADA (13 000 27232)

 

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Attachment Letter to Applicant Internal Review Decision FOI 19 2 15 March 2019.pdf
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Attachment Document for partial release Internal Review Decision FOI 19 2 15 March 2019.PDF.pdf
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Dear Michael

 

Please see the attached decision letter and associated documents in
response to your request for an internal review of the decision in ASADA
FOI 19-2.

 

Kind regards,

 

ASADA FOI

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

 

E  [1][email address]

W  [2]www.asada.gov.au

 

PO Box 1744, Fyshwick, ACT, 2609

 

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From: Michael

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for the response and partial release.

Yours sincerely,

Michael

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