Departing information commissioner Christopher Graham has asked the government to address "the thing that never happened", in the shape of a still-unpublished review of the ICO's form and function as the UK's data regulator.
Graham he stepped down yesterday and spoke of a report that was due before last May's General Election, but which has been continually delayed by other matters of apparent government importance.
"The General Election [came] along and [the report] hadn't been finished. Then it was machinery of government changes, so nothing was going to happen. After the machinery of government changes it was the referendum," said Graham.
Graham claimed that the ICO wants to see the report published "because we know it said some very complimentary things about the way the ICO was operating".
He added: "I'm sure the ministers will decide what they want to do about it, as it was a government not an ICO project. But we put a lot of effort into responding to all the questions and challenges in the review and I would really like to see it out."
Graham also mentioned a sum of £18m that had been suggested for new funding arrangements for the ICO, and that options with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport were being addressed to consider the future of ICO funding.
The possibility of five extra staff for the ICO, targeted specifically at dealing with hacking and website security vulnerabilities, is one area of exploration that would be undertaken under increased funding.
The ICO recently called on the government to reform the UK's data protection laws, which it said will have to be equivalent to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulations framework, despite the Brexit vote.
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