ICO orders water companies to disclose dry spillage sewage data

03/06/2024 | Information Rights and Wrongs

Data protection specialist Jon Baines has highlighted a marked change in the stance of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) regarding the disclosure of data by water companies. The ICO is now ordering water companies to reveal information concerning alleged unlawful discharges of dry spillage sewage, marking a departure from its previous position. Previously, the ICO had supported companies' claims that disclosing such data would hinder investigations by Ofwat and the Environment Agency, exempting the information from disclosure under regulation 12(5)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). However, this stance was challenged by a statement from the CEO of Ofwat to the Public Accounts Committee.

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