Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:

-Please confirm how many investigations into businesses have been abandoned in the year preceding the launch of the GDPR
-Please confirm how many investigations into businesses were abandoned in the months following GDPR
-Please confirm how many of these were abandoned due to lack of resources to pursue the investigation.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request, my details are outlined below.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Natasha Bernal

AccessICOinformation, Information Commissioner's Office

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Information Commissioner's Office

16 November 2018

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0802102

 

Dear Ms Bernal

Thank you for your recent request for information. We received your
request on 13 November.
 
We will be considering your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. You can expect us to respond in full by 12 December. This is 20
working days from the date we received your request. If, for any reason,
we can’t respond by this date, we will let you know and tell you when you
can expect a response.
 
If you have any questions please contact me using the IRQ case reference
number above or by replying to this email and leaving the subject field
unchanged.
 
Thank you for your interest in the work of the Information Commissioner's
Office.
 
Yours sincerely 
 
 

 

Jessica Duckworth
Senior Information Access Officer
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF
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Information Commissioner's Office

19 November 2018

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0802102

 

Dear Ms Bernal

Thank you for your recent request for information. We received your
request on 13 November.
 
We have considered your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
Your request
 
‘Freedom of Information request - ICO abandoned investigations Dear
Information Commissioners Office, I am writing to you under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 to request the following information: -Please confirm
how many investigations into businesses have been abandoned in the year
preceding the launch of the GDPR -Please confirm how many investigations
into businesses were abandoned in the months following GDPR -Please
confirm how many of these were abandoned due to lack of resources to
pursue the investigation. If it is not possible to provide the information
requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits
identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the
Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request. If
you can identify any ways that my request could be refined I would be
grateful for any further advice and assistance. If you have any queries
please dont hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be very
happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request, my details
are outlined below.’
 
Our response 
 
I have searched the relevant files and liaised with colleagues in our
Enforcement department. As a result I can confirm that we hold no
information regarding ‘abandoned’ investigations as we do not abandon
investigations. We may take a decision not to take formal regulatory
action against a data controller in line with our Regulatory Action Policy
and part of that decision may be based on whether pursuing formal
regulatory action in a particular case is an appropriate use of our
limited resources.
 
The availability of resources is not a determining factor in whether cases
continue to be investigated, therefore the answer to the second part of
your request is zero.
                                
Next steps
 
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about the way your request has been handled please contact me.
 
You can ask us to review the way we have handled your request. Please see
our review procedure [1]here.
 
Following our internal review, if you remain dissatisfied with the way we
have handled your request, there is a statutory complaints process and you
can report your concern to the regulator. I have included information
about how to do this separately.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
 
 

Jessica Duckworth
Senior Information Access Officer
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF
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