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What we cover

What the ICO covers

Upholding information rights

From data protection and electronic communications to freedom of information and environmental regulations, the ICO is the UK's independent public body set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. Find out more about our responsibilities and obligations under the legislation we cover here.

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Promoting data privacy for individuals

The ICO is committed to upholding the data privacy of individuals.

We do this by overseeing two key pieces of legislation that safeguard personal data. These are the Data Protection Act and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. Read about our responsibilities and obligations under this legislation.

Promoting openness by public bodies

The ICO is committed to upholding the right of access to official information held by public authorities.

We do this by overseeing two key pieces of legislation that allow members of the public to request official information held by public bodies. These are the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. Read about our responsibilities and obligations under this legislation.

Also of interest

  • Glossary of terms

    Unsure what some of our terms and phrases mean? We’ve a full glossary to help you.

  • Complaints

    If you feel your rights have been infringed, we may be able to help you make an official complaint.

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