Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,
I would like to know the number of calls made each month to the ICO's helpline relating to GDPR? I am interested in tracking the increase (or decrease)in the data.
If you have the data on a weekly or even a daily basis it would be preferable. If this exists would it be possible to get a copy of the data or at least see a chart of the data?
It would also be useful to see the average waiting time for calls to the helpline: the time it takes to speak to someone. Thank you.
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19 April 2018
Case Reference Number IRQ0735051
Dear Mr Gillott
I write in response to your email of 26 March 2018 in which you submitted
a request for information to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Your request has been dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
“I would like to know the number of calls made each month to the ICO's
helpline relating to GDPR? I am interested in tracking the increase (or
decrease)in the data. If you have the data on a weekly or even a daily
basis it would be preferable.
If this exists would it be possible to get a copy of the data or at least
see a chart of the data?
It would also be useful to see the average waiting time for calls to the
helpline: the time it takes to speak to someone.”
We understand you are asking for information from January 2017 onwards.
I can confirm we hold some information that falls in the scope of your
We introduced a new telephony system in October 2017 which allows us to
record the reasons for a call when it is concluded (wrap data) and started
collecting information on how many calls answered related to GDPR from
November 2017. Prior to this period, this type of information was not
Please find attached a table containing the number of phone calls answered
by our general enquiry/whistleblower helplines and our small organisation
helpline relating to GDPR, from November 2017. It is broken down by month
and whether the call was from an individual or an organisation. We should
note that we may not hold this information for every call we have
answered, for example, where a call fails due to technical reasons and the
‘wrap’ reason is not recorded.
You also asked for the average waiting time for calls to be answered. This
has been provided on a monthly basis from January 2017 to March 2018 and
this table can also be found in the attached document.
Please note the figures as your request concerned calls regarding GDPR,
the statistics for our ‘registrations’ helpline are not included in the
This concludes our response to your request. I hope the information
provided is helpful.
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