The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

The following Information Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
  • What is the Information Commissioner’s Office?
  • Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the ICO’s activities and approach to enforcement
  • Legislative framework underpinning ICO’s regulatory activity
  • Remit
  • Helping the public
  • Advice for organisations
  • Enforcing the law
  • The GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018
  • Freedom of information
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Information Law?

Brexit: On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. During this period, the GDPR applies in the UK and the UK generally continues to be treated as an EU (and EEA) state for EEA and UK data protection law purposes. Any references to EEA or EU states in this Practice Note should therefore be read to also include the UK until the end of the implementation period. For further guidance on that period, its duration and the data protection laws that are anticipated to apply after the end of it, see Practice Note: Brexit—implications for data protection.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent regulator designed to uphold information rights, specifically data protection, electronic communications and freedom of information.

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