ICO responds to US law enforcement agencies' access to personal data
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Statement: 7 June 2013
An ICO spokesperson said:
“There are real issues about the extent to which US law enforcement agencies can access personal data of UK and other European citizens. Aspects of US law under which companies can be compelled to provide information to US agencies potentially conflict with European data protection law, including the UK’s own Data Protection Act.
"The ICO has raised this with its European counterparts, and the issue is being considered by the European Commission, who are in discussions with the US Government.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Information Commissioner’s Office upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
2. The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
4. If you need more information, please contact the ICO press office on 0303 123 9070.