European Data Protection Digest

ICO Orders Cooperation with “Blagging” Investigation

PRIVACY LAW—UK

February 13, 2014

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has told MPs that 10 companies, including insurers, law firms and security firms are being ordered to cooperate with his office’s inquiry “into the illegal ‘blagging’ of private information,” BBC News reports. The Information Commissioner’s Office’s investigation began last year in the wake of allegations by police that “98 companies had used private detectives to illegally gain information including bank and phone records.” Graham is asking the government to enact "uncommenced legislation” to introduce prison sentences for serious Data Protection Act breaches, the report states.
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