European Data Protection Digest

ICO Condemns Motorman File Release

PRIVACY LAW—UK

April 13, 2012

Following blogger Paul Staines' release of portions of the Operation Motorman files, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said it "strongly condemns" the action, The Guardian reports. More than 1,000 alleged requests by journalists to a private investigator have been published and reportedly include ex-directory phone numbers, criminal record checks and vehicle registration details. In a statement, the ICO said, "Putting these into the public domain in this way is a serious violation of many people's privacy and raises more questions than it answers." Indicating the release may have breached the Data Protection Act, the ICO is now considering what steps it should take next. Saying that he is "really very angry," Information Commissioner Christopher Graham added, "This is absolutely what we were trying to avoid."
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