How ICO help police forces comply with FOIA – and what we do if they don’t

Jul 10th '24

By Phillip Angell is Head of FOI Complaints and Appeals at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).


The fundamental right to ask questions of and hold public authorities to account is a cornerstone of our democracy. Every day our lives are enhanced by the release of information that empowers us to make informed choices. Take restaurant hygiene ratings or car make and model MOT test failure rates – these were once kept from the public but are now proactively published, enabling people to make informed decisions.


As regulator of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the ICO role is to ensure all public authorities (PAs), including police forces, comply with the Act. The ICO do this by enforcing the law, but also by acting as an educator – working with individual PAs to suggest areas for improvement and to spot best practice that can be shared for the benefit of all.


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Sut rydyn ni’n helpu’r lluoedd heddlu i gydymffurfio gyda FOIA – a beth ni’n gwneud os nad ydyn nhw.


Source: ICO


About the ICO

  1. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) 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 2018 (DPA 2018), the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations 2004, and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
  3. The ICO can take action to address and change the behaviour of organisations and individuals that collect, use and keep personal information. This includes criminal prosecution, non-criminal enforcement and audit.
  4. To report a concern to the ICO telephone our helpline 0303 123 1113 or go to


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