European Data Protection Digest

Commission Wants UK ICO Powers In Line with Directive

PRIVACY LAW—EU & UK

June 25, 2010

The European Commission has released its reasoned opinion in its request that the UK strengthen the power of the data protection authority in order to comply with the Data Protection Directive, according to a press release. The UK Information Commissioner's Office currently cannot monitor the adequacy of third countries' data protection, perform random checks on data processors or impose penalties, among other restrictions the commission wants changed. "Data protection authorities have the crucial and delicate task of protecting the fundamental right to privacy," said Viviane Reding, commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship. "Having a watchdog with insufficient powers is like keeping your guard dog tied up in the basement."
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