ICO Consults on Regulatory Action Policy

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a draft regulatory action policy and seeks views on it in the period to 28 June.

The ICO has launched a consultation to gather the views of stakeholders and the public on the way it plans to regulate new data protection laws.

Comments on the draft Regulatory Action Policy are sought by 28 June.

The Policy takes account of enhanced powers set out in the Data Protection Bill currently going through Parliament. Proposed new powers include no-notice inspections, compelling people and organisations to hand over information and making it a criminal offence to destroy, falsify or conceal evidence.

The Policy also covers all 11 pieces of legislation for which the ICO is responsible, including the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, which cover nuisance calls, texts and emails.

The ICO states that it reinforces their commitment to a proportionate and risk-based approach to enforcement.

James Dipple-Johnstone, Deputy Information Commissioner, said:

'Our approach is designed to protect people’s information but also ensure that business is able to function and innovate in the digital age.

We’ll target our most significant powers on repeated, wilful or serious failures to take proper steps to protect personal data and deliver information rights. Our formal regulatory action will serve as an important deterrent where it needs to.’

The revised Policy will be subject to Parliamentary consideration and final approval.

Published: 2018-05-04T16:30:00


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