Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
- The ICO came into existence on 1 April 2014 under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.
- The ICO has an unusual structure for being a large regulatory body. There is a duality to the Information Commissioner's role which stems from the governance structure of the ICO. The Information Commissioner is not only the Commissioner but also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organisation. The Commissioner therefore undertakes a wide range of management tasks in her capacity as the ICO's CEO. The Commissioner has spoken openly about the combined nature of her role.
- Earlier this year the ICO and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a joint statement on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The ICO and the FCA have had a Memorandum of Understanding in place since 2014. In the joint statement they set out their intention to review the memorandum of understanding to support future collaboration.
- The ICO has a Scotland Office in the centre of Edinburgh. The ICO's Scotland Office is one of three regional offices, the others being Wales and Northern Ireland. The main focus of the Scottish office is data protection.
- The ICO now releases podcasts. It is actively engaged with the public. The ICO expects more complaints as people become aware of their rights. They expect to receive over 21,000 complaints this year and over 24,000 complaints next year.