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ICO To Gain Independence

PRIVACY—UK

January 7, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) may soon gain more independence from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), OUT-LAW.COM reports. In its Freedom of Information Package, the MoJ calls for "enhanced independence for the ICO." The commissioner "will be given more freedom to make day-to-day corporate and operational decisions," according to an MoJ news release. The ICO will no longer be required to seek the Secretary of State's consent regarding staffing matters and will be allowed to set charges and issue statutory guidance independently, among other changes. "I welcome the proposals that the government has set out today...a more independent ICO is essential to make sure information rights continue to be upheld," said Information Commissioner Christopher Graham.
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