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MPs Question ICO on Employee’s Move to Google

PRIVACY—UK

July 11, 2012

A freedom of information request has revealed that the former strategic liaison group manager for government and society at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is now a privacy policy manager at Google, causing Member of Parliament Robert Halfon to question the ICO’s legitimacy, reports The Inquirer. The ICO has been criticized for its Google Street View investigation, and the staffing change has Halfon urging “the government to consider whether the public can continue to have confidence in the ICO.” The ICO has said the employee played no part in the Google investigation and continues to be “legally bound by a confidentiality agreement…as part of the Data Protection Act.”
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