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'More powers needed' to audit companies' use of data

The Information Commissioner's Office needs more powers to be able to examine the data handling of companies and public bodies without notice, Christopher Graham has said.

The information commissioner told the Today programme that currently organisations have to give consent prior to any auditing.

In the past year, the ICO issued £1.97m in penalties to companies found to breach data protection rules.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 15 July.