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Europe Data Protection Digest | ICO opens call for views on POCA powers Related reading: Tracking the politics of US privacy legislation

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The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office has opened a call for views on its powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The ICO seeks the ability to “apply to the court” for Restraint and Confiscation orders, “access to information relevant to the investigation of money laundering offences” and other powers. While the EU General Data Protection Regulation has introduced additional financial penalties for breaches, the ICO argues it needs additional POCA powers since “the only sanction available to the courts following a criminal conviction is a fine, which in some cases will be much less than the financial gains made by the offender.” The ICO will accept feedback until 6 Dec.
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