Higher Education – ICO requires publication of salary information

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ruled that King's College London must publish details of the job title, department and £10,000 salary bands relating to its 127 staff earning in excess of £100,000 per annum.

The ICO decision was reached on 17th February 2014, but King's College is appealing the decision and the hearing is set down for 3 days commencing on 21 July 2014.

King's College had sought to resist publication on two grounds. Firstly that such disclosure would be likely to prejudice its commercial interests, and secondly on the basis that it constitutes the personal data of individuals who would not expect it to be disclosed.

However the ICO decided on the first ground that there was insufficient evidence to establish more than a hypothetical likelihood of prejudice and on the second ground that the legitimate public interest in openness and transparency outweighed the individuals' right to privacy.