To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2021 to Question 141983, if he will publish the names of the eight companies currently being investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office.
8 February 2021
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regulates and enforces the data protection legislation independently of Government. The ICO has not yet concluded its investigations into the eight companies concerned, and it would therefore be inappropriate to publish the names of these companies.
The ICO has a number of powers to tackle the unlawful processing of personal data, including the power to serve enforcement notices requiring organisations to stop the processing of personal data, and the power to serve civil monetary penalties. Details of the ICO’s enforcement activity can be found on its website at: https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/