The role of the information commissioner

icoThe Information Commissioner is an independent official appointed for the purposes of carrying out various responsibilities in relation to the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000). The role is carried out through the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

What does the Information Commissioner do?

Keeps a register of organisations that are required to notify the ICO about their information processing activities.

S19 DPA 1998


Enforces compliance with the DPA 1998.


S40 DPA 1998


Helps to resolve disputes by deciding whether an organisation has complied with the DPA 1998 when processing any personal data.


S41A-S45 DPA 1998 


Promotes compliance with the DPA 1998 and good practice by preparing and making available information about the operation of the DPA 1998, codes of good practice and other guidance material.


S51 DPA 1998 


Imposes monetary penalties where there has been a serious failure to comply with the data protection principles.


DPA 1998, s 55A 


Brings prosecutions for offences committed under the DPA 1998.


Ss 21, 47, 55, 56, 60DPA 1998


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