What does this cover?

In a written ministerial statement made by Prime Minster David Cameron, it was announced that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) sponsorship of the ICO would cease, to be replaced by sponsorship from the government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The change takes effect from 17 September 2015. The ICO response has been optimistic with Christopher Graham (Information Commissioner) commenting as follows:

“It makes sense for the ICO to be well connected to debates around the impact and potential of the digital economy – but at the same time we need independence to do our job. DCMS has responsibility for digital issues, but also deals with very many arm's-length bodies whose independence is key to their contribution. The current sponsorship and DP policy teams working at the MoJ will be transferred to the DCMS. This gives me added confidence that the DCMS will be well prepared to cope with the demanding agenda ahead.”

To view the Ministerial statement, please click here.

To view the ICO press announcement, please click here.

What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?

None - this is for information only.