European Data Protection Digest

ICO Examining “Rogue” PIs

PRIVACY LAW—UK

September 5, 2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) “is looking into whether companies and individuals broke the law by using private investigators convicted of illegally obtaining private data,” Financial Times reports. The investigation follows the ICO’s receipt of information from the Serious Organised Crime Agency regarding “four private investigators found guilty of “blagging” information from banks, the UK tax authority, mortgage providers and others,” the report states. The ICO will determine whether the investigators’ clients violated the Data Protection Act by using the detectives in question. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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