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Legislation May Expand ICO Powers

PRIVACY LAW—UK

July 6, 2010

As part of its consideration of data protection legislation, the UK has announced another round of deliberations on whether the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) should have its powers expanded, The Register reports. "We want to gather evidence and views on whether the current data protection laws are working in light of social and technological changes since the mid-1990s," Justice Minister Lord McNally said. The Ministry of Justice has called for views on custodial sentences for data protection offences following a threat of legal action against the UK government by the European Commission over "insufficient powers" for the ICO, the report states. Submissions close October 6.
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