The Information Commissioner

The Information Commissioner Office is the independent regulatory body in the UK. Appointed by the government, but operating separately from the government the Information Commissioner regulates and enforces the Freedom of Information Act, the Data Protection Act, the Environmental Information Regulations amongst other information related regulations. Promotes good practice

Responsibilities of the Information Commissioner's office include:

  • providing advice and guidance for organisations and individuals,
  • handling complaints from individuals who suspect that legislation may have been breached,
  • ensuring organisations have completed the Data Protection Notification process,
  • maintaining the public register of data controllers,
  • approving publication schemes for organisations affected by Freedom of Information.

If the Information Commissioner rules that a particular organisation/individuals have breached any of the information regulations, it has the power to order compliance using enforcement, decision notices and prosecution.

Further information can be found on the Information Commissioner's website:
www.ico.gov.uk