Information Commissioner’s Office
The Information Commissioner has responsibility for promoting and enforcing the Data Protection Act 1998 (the DPA) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR), as well as the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) which apply to reserved matters in Scotland. The Information Commissioner will also take on the regulation of the forthcoming GDPR.
The Commissioner is independent of government and upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. The Commissioner does this by providing guidance to individuals and organisations, solving problems where she can, and taking appropriate action where the law is broken. The Information Commissioner’s Office has its head office located in Wilmslow, just outside Manchester, but has three satellite offices in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff to engage with local stakeholders through the provision of advice and guidance and the operation of a local helpline.