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Information Commissioners Office (ICO)

Delivered by International Commissioner's Office


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.

 


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