Information Commissioner: Legislative Compliance Enforcement

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of The Earl of Northesk The Earl of Northesk Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they intend to respond to calls from the Information Commissioner for improvements to be made to their slow and cumbersome enforcement powers.

Photo of Lord Filkin Lord Filkin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs)

I have regular meetings with the Information Commissioner who is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. The Government are currently looking at the powers available to the commissioner to enforce the 2003 regulations. I will consider very carefully any suggestions he may make for amending the other legislation to improve its effectiveness. clean jenny

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