Wrap the knuckles of the little ones while the big bullies go unchallenged
Well whoopey a lowly paid pen licker gets knuckles wrapped by Sir Christopher Graham. Bloggers following the ICO feel there is a clear trade off between quality and quantity with the rulings the Information Commissioner's office has come out with, and while the number of Decision Notices issued has clearly increased the quality of the Information Commissioner's office decisions has been on the decline with volume replacing substance.
For example if you think the Information Commissioner will come to your aid in having DNA records and records of arrest removed that the police should not keep after a court rules you have no case to answer, do not hold your breath. He will come out all in sympathy and then quote all the obsure laws and exemptions to you mentioned before. Another case solved by Chris and his toothless tiger team.
Christopher Graham became Information Commissioner in June 2009. He reports directly to parliament. He should be the first to point out to the government, hey with a million innocents on a crime data base, we have some important data protection principles being trampled upon by the police forces in England. Instead he tries to see it this way, then that way, anything but a principled defense of our civil liberties.
It's much safer to slap a few fines on underfunded councils.