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ICO Publishes Regulatory Action Policy

DATA PROTECTION—UK

August 15, 2013

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a Data Protection Regulatory Action Policy, outlining what the office will consider when deciding whether to initiate regulatory action, reports Out-Law.com. Noting that “market factors” may influence the decision, the policy points to some “initial drivers,” including issues of “general public concern,” those due to the “novel or intrusive nature of particular activities” and those stemming from complaints. When asked for clarity on “market factors,” an ICO spokesman said in markets where "consumers demand effective privacy protection…market forces will be driving businesses to deliver better privacy protection, without the need for the regulator to intervene."
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