New guidance has been issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on applying the exemption for use of personal data for purposes connected to either taxation or crime. Data controllers who process data for the purposes of taxation or crime can use the exemption to withhold information that would otherwise need to be provided to individuals. The exemption also allows data controllers to disclose personal data in ways that would usually breach the data protection principles, if it is necessary for reason of taxation or crime.

To read ICO guidance click here