Commission Gives UK Two Months To Ramp Up ICO Powers
PRIVACY LAW—EU & UKJune 28, 2010
The European Commission has notified the UK government that it has two months to increase the powers of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) before the commission will pursue legal action through the European Court of Justice, reports OUT-LAW.com. To comply with the Data Protection Directive, the commission says the ICO must have the power to conduct random checks on organizations and, where appropriate, take action. The commission has also stated the UK must change its law on people's rights to have their information deleted by organizations, the report states, and the ICO must be given the ability to assess the data protection laws of other countries before transferring information.