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Mick retired from the Greater Manchester Police in May 2004 after thirty years’ service. He became the Head of Investigations at the Information Commissioners Office. He was responsible for the investigation of all criminal offences in the Data Protection Act 1998. In 2005, following a restructure of the ICO, he was promoted to Assistant Information Commissioner, Head of the Regulatory Action Division. He was responsible for Audit, Investigations and Enforcement.
In 2010 he became Head of Enforcement at the ICO and was involved in the issuance of the first monetary penalties. At the ICO he led many investigations into serious data protection security breaches and complicated data protection compliance cases. Since retiring from the ICO in 2011, Mick has been employed by three London privacy law firms as a data protection consultant.