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LONDON, UK – July 15, 2014 — /BackupReview.info/ — The Information Commissioner has warned that it has never been more important that the general public has an independent regulator overseeing the handling of people’s personal data.
Speaking at the launch of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) annual report today, Christopher Graham will highlight how the troubled launch of care.data, Facebook’s research and the so-called Google ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling show why there’s a need to have an independent regulator. But he’ll warn that independence relies on strong powers and sustainable funding.
The latest annual report shows that the ICO responded to a record number of data protection and freedom of information complaints this year.
Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said:
This year’s annual report shows that the ICO handled 259,903 calls to its helpline and resolved 15,492 data protection complaints, a rise, in both cases, of over 10% on the previous financial year. The ICO has also decided on 5,296 freedom of information complaints, a 12% rise on last year’s figure, and received 161,720 reports from people concerned about spam texts and nuisance calls.
For the past five years the ICO has faced a reduction in its funding for FOI, while the proposed EU data protection reforms would remove the notification fee that funds the ICO’s work under the Data Protection Act.
The ICO’s written submission to the Intelligence and Security Committee in February is now available. The Information Commissioner will appear before the committee in the autumn.
Notes to Editors
1. The Information Commissioner’s Office upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
2. The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
3. The ICO is on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and produces a monthly e-newsletter.
4. Anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles of the Data Protection Act, which make sure that personal information is:
5. If you need more information, please contact the ICO press office on 0303 123 9070.
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