ICO responds to Lancashire Police’s Nicola Bulley statement

17/02/2023 | ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a statement following the disclosure of personal information about missing person Nicola Bulley by Lancashire Police during a press conference on Wednesday morning. Information Commissioner John Edwards said, “Data protection law exists to ensure people’s personal information is used properly and fairly. This includes ensuring personal details are not disclosed inappropriately... Police can disclose information to protect the public and investigate crime, but they would need to be able to demonstrate such disclosure was necessary."

In related news, Sky News reports the Home Secretary has called on Lancashire police to explain the decision to release such sensitive information. While The Guardian also reports former victims’ commissioner Vera Baird believes the revelations are sexist and will likely impede future missing person cases.

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