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ICO Announces Plan to Boost IT Expertise

DATA PROTECTION—UK

March 25, 2010

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will be staffing its policy and strategy division with more technical experts as part of its reorganisation process, Kable reports. Speaking before the Home Affairs Select Committee, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said this technical expertise will help the ICO be more forward-looking and "spot the next big thing before it becomes a huge problem." Graham noted that while government entities have improved data protection processes, he does not expect issues around data-sharing to go away, the report states. The challenge, he said, is for the ICO to ensure "that what is proposed is proportionate, privacy friendly and thought through and complies with the Data Protection Act."
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