European Data Protection Digest

ICO Reminds PIs To Notify

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

August 6, 2010

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a release reminding private investigators to notify the office when
they are handling personal information. All organisations that handle personal data are required to notify the ICO under the
Data Protection Act; however, only 1,626 private investigators appear on the public register, the release states. "We want to
work with the industry to ensure all private investigators meet the legal requirement to notify us that they are processing
personal information," said Deputy Commissioner David Smith, stressing that while the ICO is encouraging voluntary compliance,
"we will take action against those who flout the law. The message is very clear--notify the ICO or face regulatory action."
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