Unless the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is given the power to conduct random checks on organisations for compliance with data protection law and issue penalties based on those checks the European Commission will take action, it said.
The ICO must also be given the powers to assess other countries’ data protection regimes before international transfers of information from the UK are made, the Commission said.
The Commission has sent the UK a ‘reasoned opinion’, the second step in a three stage process of enforcing EU directives when countries do not pass them fully into law.
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