The Information Commissioner's Office ICO advisers state that one “shouldn't” be treated any directly or less favourably as a result of exercising one’s rights under the legislation. What legal provision backs this?

Does some section of the data protection act cover the issue? Or some broader principle under common law that states where the legislature grants a right or remedy to a person and they are spited or punished for exercising it then this is somehow seen in the eyes of the law as intrinsically wrong?

  • Who or what is ICO?
    – phoog
    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:06
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    In UK Information Commissioners Office ico.org.uk "The ICO is the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights.'
    – mmmmmm
    Aug 22, 2023 at 6:31
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    It would be helpful to quote or link to specific words used by the ICO
    – alexg
    Aug 22, 2023 at 9:22
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    The title references anti-reprisal provisions, whereas the question is about being treated less favourably. I have answered according to the latter
    – user35069
    Aug 22, 2023 at 11:17
  • @alexg I’d agree, but they were spoken on a phone call and not written down. Aug 22, 2023 at 13:31


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