The public sector needs to put its house in order as the ICO requests powers of compulsory audit

The Information Commissioner’s Office has formally requested greater powers to conduct compulsory audits of local government and public sector organisations.

The ICO presented the secretary of state with a business case stating that there were “particularly significant and widespread data protection compliance concerns’ within the public sector.

The ICO presented statics, which included the amount of complaints of potential data protection breaches from individuals. Over the last five years local government (4,110) and the health sector (3,701) topped this list. Read the full report here.

2011 saw the ICO issue more fines than ever to public sector organisations. With these potential new powers of compulsory audit, the ICO will be clamping down even further in 2012.

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