The ICO is the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights. Our role is to uphold information rights in the public interest, including:
- taking action to change the behaviour of organisations and individuals that collect, use and keep personal information, including criminal prosecution, non-criminal enforcement and audit;
- taking action to change the behaviour of anyone who breaches the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR);
- taking action to help organisations follow the Freedom of Information Act, Environmental Information Regulations, INSPIRE Regulations, Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations and associated codes of practice, including include non-criminal enforcement and assessments of good practice.
In the European Union (EU), we co-operate across all areas, including activities related to the internal market; justice, freedom and security; and police and judicial co-operation.
We have a duty to co-operate with European and other international partners, including the European Commission and other data protection authorities. This co-operation includes:
- sharing information and good practice;
- helping with complaints, investigation and enforcement; and
- working together to improve understanding of data protection law, and produce common positions and guidance where appropriate and necessary.
As a business, you should find out about your obligations and how to comply, including protecting personal information and providing access to official information.