"The resources we use are publicly available; we do not have privileged access to information that is not also available to the general public. Tracing calls is instigated by the police in the event of an allegation of a criminal offence. As a breach of the PECR is not a criminal offence we do not have the authority to trace calls."
Is it just me, or am I just missing the point or what.
If breaches of a PECR are not a crime, what is the point of the PECR.
But more to the point, the PECR amends the Data Protection Act and allows the ICO to send information notices to anybody they need to requiring information relating to a breach of these regs. So they have means to ask a telco to trace a call or provide details of a subscriber or anything. It even looks like they have powers to get a court order to seize things. Have I mis-read these regulations or something.
Why are the ICO not bothering to use the powers they have?