Rarely does a regulator ask stakeholders and consumers for advice on how it monitors and enforces.
But that’s exactly what the Information Commissioner (ICO) does. The UK’s independent authority was founded to uphold information rights in the public interest, promote transparency by government agencies and privacy of data for consumers.
Under the terms of the outreach, the public will have until March 24 to make recommendations on the agency’s direction and focus on the organizations it regulates.
ICOs Regulatory action policy (RAP) is designed to update policy and establish the direction of the regulator. It aims to strengthen the agency’s commitment to a balanced and risk-based approach to enforcement and to explain the elements taken into account before taking regulatory action. They can include fines, stop treatment orders or mandatory audits.
It also explains how the ICO promotes best practices and ensures compliance as well as how it works with other regulators. The RAP covers 11 pieces of legislation for which the ICO is responsible, including the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Data Privacy Act which governs the processing of individuals’ personal data, the Data Protection 2018, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation Act.
The public is invited to give advice on the statutory direction of its regulatory action. It governs how the ICO uses its statutory powers to enforce data protection legislation relating to electronic communications such as nuisance calls, emails and text messages. The guidance focuses on the powers of the ICO to impose fines for data protection.
“Information rights have never been more important or impactful,” Regulatory Director James Dipple-Johnstone said in a statement. “We are focused on promoting best practice and compliance, but, where necessary, we will take a fair and proportionate approach to enforcement actions. “
You will find more information about the documents and how to provide comments. here.