The Ombudsman is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
In accordance with the practice applying throughout government departments, the Ombudsman will follow the Government’s policy that official information should be made available unless it is clearly not in the public interest to do so.
The Ombudsman and HM Inspectorates of Prisons, Probation and Court Administration, and the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, will work together to ensure that relevant information, knowledge and expertise is shared, especially in relation to conditions for prisoners, residents and detainees generally. The Ombudsman may also share information with other relevant specialist advisers, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and investigating bodies, to the extent necessary to fulfil the aims of an investigation.
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman July 2009