Daily Research News Online no. 30374

ICO Launches Enforcement Consultation

October 2 2020

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a public consultation on draft Statutory Guidance outlining how it will regulate and enforce data protection legislation in the UK. The consultation will remain open until 5pm on Thursday 12th November.

Supporting the ICO’s primary responsibility of ensuring compliance with the law, the document explains its powers; when it will use them, and how it calculates fines. The guidance aims both to ensure the rights and freedoms of individuals are protected and to provide assurance to business that the Office will use its powers proportionately and consistently.

A requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018, the Statutory Guidance also explains how the ICO will exercise its regulatory functions when issuing information, assessment, enforcement and penalty notices. It sits alongside the Regulatory Action Policy (RAP), which details how the ICO regulates the other pieces of legislation it covers. The RAP is currently under review.

Elizabeth Denham (pictured), Information Commissioner explains: ‘The primary role of my office is to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals in the digital age, and this draft guidance explains how my office will achieve this. It sets out our proportionate approach to regulatory action, yet details the robust action we will take against those that flout the law’.

Web site: www.ico.org.uk .

All articles 2006-20 written and edited by Mel Crowther and/or Nick Thomas unless otherwise stated.

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