European Data Protection Digest

Private Investigators May Face ICO Fines

PRIVACY LAW—UK

May 2, 2013

The Leveson inquiry uncovered the problem of “rogue private investigators” illegally accessing people’s private information, which could result in fines up to 500,000 GBP, reports Public Service. The report also found some investigators are failing to ensure accuracy of information and secure deletion when no longer required. The Information Commissioner’s Office has launched a new campaign asking for police and the general public to report any concerns they have. According to Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, “The fact that less scrupulous professionals may be trying to take shortcuts by illegally accessing people’s data is, quite simply, wrong.”
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