ORG outlines DPDI Bill threat to independence of ICO

29/01/2024 | Open Rights Group

The Open Rights Group (ORG) have published an article outlining how the Data Protection and Digital Information (DPDI) Bill weakens the role of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The article highlights existing failings at the ICO and how the DPDI Bill undermines its independence by granting power to Ministers and giving it powers to ignore complaints. 

ORG has proposed a number of amendments to the bill:

  • Ensure the ICO's independence.
  • Introduce a redress mechanism where the ICO fails to investigate complaints properly.
  • Allow organisations to make collective complaints on behalf of groups of people.
  • Give the Equality and Human Rights Commission powers to review the ICO's enforcement work.
  • Keep the Biometric and Surveillance Camera Commissioner.
  • Give the ICO a duty to investigate infringements and ensure the application of data protection laws.
  • Ensure the ICO is appointed by Parliament.
  • Change the rules to prevent people working as regulators from immediately leaving their posts to work in the industries they were regulating.
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