Comment on PI’s and the Information Commissioner – Chris Brogan

 
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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Comment on PI’s and the Information Commissioner – Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan, a Director of Security International Ltd who are corporate investigators who specialise in business intelligence, due diligence and pre-employment checks, comments on a recent statement by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office; “The  said it will target private investigators who are still failing to notify it of their handling of personal data. In the statement ; “ David Smith, Deputy Commissioner at the ICO, has said “we will be writing to organisation’s providing them with advice and encouragement to notify. However, if that encouragement is ignored, we will take action against those who flout the law.” The ICO has previously targeted private doctors and solicitors, with resulting surges of notifications. Mr Smith continued “the message is very clear – notify with the ICO or face regulatory action.”

Chris Brogan says “I would dispute the fact that an investigator has to notify the Information Commissioner for the purposes of acting for a client because he is not determining the “Manner and The Purpose” of the investigation. However as the cost of notification is only £35 is it worth taking the risk? If my take on this issue is incorrect then you could be in breach of the Data protection Act 1998 if you use an investigator who has not notified the ICO.”

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