ICO looks into data protection practices of UK tracing agents and investigators

14/11/2023 | ICO

In a blog article, Anthony Luhman, Director of PACE Projects and Interim Director of Investigations for the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), examines the data protection practices of UK tracing agents.

This follows concerns raised by a women's charity earlier this year, alleging that a tracing agent had breached data protection regulations by revealing the location of a domestic abuse victim to their former abusive partner. The ICO's investigation revealed that many tracing agents follow strict safeguarding procedures and that industry bodies provide training and resources to ensure compliance with data protection regulations. However, the engagement with the industry and charities highlighted that abusers are increasingly using technology to trace their victims.

In August, a UK Parliament Committee published a report on tech-enabled domestic abuse.

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