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Information Commissioner's Operation Motorman

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 16 September 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General whether there are plans for further prosecutions arising from the Information Commissioner’s Operation Motorman. (291368)

I have been asked to reply as the Minister responsible for the Information Commissioner’s Office.

In 2004, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) brought four prosecutions on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service for offences related to the unlawful obtaining of personal data using information from the Information Commissioner’s Operation Motorman. It has no plans at present to bring further prosecutions.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) also has no plans to pursue further prosecutions as a result of Operation Motorman. This information has been provided by the ICO.

The Government take matters of data protection very seriously. We keep data protection legislation under constant review to ensure that the framework is adequate and work with the ICO closely to ensure that the Act is working well.