Dealing with the Information Commissioner's Office
Produced in partnership with Vikki Hoyle of Walker Morris LLP
Dealing with the Information Commissioner's Office

The following Risk & Compliance guidance note Produced in partnership with Vikki Hoyle of Walker Morris LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with the Information Commissioner's Office
  • What is the Information Commissioner's Office?
  • What legislation does the ICO cover?
  • What functions does the ICO perform?
  • What are the ICO's statutory and regulatory objectives?
  • What audit powers does the ICO have?
  • In what circumstances will the ICO carry out audits?
  • What enforcement powers does the ICO have?
  • Does the ICO have a formal enforcement strategy?
  • What issues will be prioritised by the ICO when dealing with complaints?
  • more

Brexit: As of exit day (31 January 2020), the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. The UK must continue to adhere to its obligations under EU law, including in relation to data protection, and the ICO has confirmed the GDPR will continue to apply during the implementation period. For more information, see: Practice Note: Brexit—implications for data protection.

What is the Information Commissioner's Office?

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is the UK's independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest and to promote openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

The ICO is an independent public body which is sponsored by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport.

Each Information Commissioner is appointed for a term not exceeding seven years.

The ICO's main office is in Wilmslow, Cheshire. It also has offices in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast and is expected to open a small office in London in due course.

The ICO's website is www.ico.org.uk and sets out key facts about the ICO.

What legislation does the ICO cover?

The ICO deals with the following legislation:

  1. the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

  2. the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations