In its effort to determine whether the powers of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) should be expanded, the Ministry
of Justice has asked for evidence on how current data protection laws are working. The request will allow individuals, private
organisations, charities and public authorities to voice their views on the current data protection law ahead of negotiations
on a new EU data protection instrument, expected to begin in early 2011, Kable reports. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has called on the UK to change its rules and give the ICO more power or face action from the European Commission.
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